“We got extremely positive feedback about our solution and presentation. Everyone told us that we made Egypt proud!" said MBA student Ahmed Askar.
Khaled Dahawy, director of the MBA Programs, noted, “I'm so proud of our MBA students and their achievement in this international competition. These competitions are important for the MBA program, as they communicate our program to internationally renowned MBA programs. In addition, it tells us that we are on the right track in delivering top-quality education that compares to the quality of top-level MBA programs.”
The 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge focuses on global poverty. Under that umbrella, three social challenge areas were tackled through respective individual tracks of competition across five cities. The competition consisted of two phases: a regional competition and a global final. Regional competitions are held in the five cities where Hult has campuses – Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. A sixth site was facilitated virtually, via Facebook, for those participants whose financial conditions restricted them from attending one of the five competitions. The winning team from each track, per city, and the virtual competition advanced to an all-expense paid global final in New York City, where each team was given the opportunity to present their solution to a world-class panel of executive judges.
In Dubai, teams from elite business schools in the Middle East, United Kingdom, United States, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Singapore competed head-to-head to develop innovative solutions to the global poverty issue. The judges panel evaluated and selected the winning proposal, sending that team on to compete in the finals in New York City.
The aim of the 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge is to drive solutions around those key social areas, which they believe have the greatest net impact on global poverty. Through collectively overcoming social challenges in education, energy and housing, it is their belief that they are undertaking global poverty on a grass-roots level. Through what has become the world’s largest crowd-sourcing initiative dedicated to solving global social challenges, the Hult Global Case Challenge seeks ideas and solutions from the world’s best and brightest future business leaders that will cause a step-change in the vicious global poverty cycle.
Last year’s initiative attracted more than 100 colleges and universities from all over the world. Nearly all of the Financial Times top 100 MBA programs competed, while two of the five regional competitions saw undergraduate teams make it to the finals, with one undergraduate team advancing all the way to the global finals in New York City.
"I had no doubt that our MBA students were at the level to compete with their counterparts from top international programs,” said Ahmed Tolba, director of El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center, who provided technical support and consultation to the AUC team. “I was more assured when I met with our team and witnessed their passion, quality-driven approach and determination to come up with the most sound and practical solutions.”
He added, “While we are all proud of our students and our program, we need to capitalize on this success and further build a culture of case solving and practical applications in all our programs.”
Echoing the same sentiment, Askar said, “We are so proud of this achievement, and we felt we were so close to winning first place. It was a challenging, yet awesome, event.”