A team of four students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong has won the 2017 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC). The finals were held last week in Lisbon, Portugal, and also included finalists from Sweden and Switzerland.
Team China members were Ho Ching Him, Lam Wai Yee, Cheng Hong Cheuk and Po Ho Sang. They won the international student competition over 4 days of intense case study analysis and presentation. In total, KICC drew over 18,000 student applications, from 480 universities, with 6,784 students across 23 countries participating in the competition rounds leading up to the finals.
‘‘KICC is our global flagship student event which attracts thousands of young talents to join each year. The rounds of competition helps them learn, thrive and evolve on the stage. Through this year's topic ‘Innovate. Disrupt. Transform.’, students were able to develop and present innovative solutions to complex real-world business challenges.”
“I’m delighted to see Team China being crowned the KICC champion. We're always looking for extraordinary high performing talent to join KPMG and I'm eager to welcome them to our family soon,” said Maria Lee, Partner-in-Charge, People, Performance and Culture, KPMG China.
Business cases for the competition focused on the topics of fintech (financial technology) and data and analytics. Throughout, the students were challenged with implementing the feedback given to them by a panel of KPMG partners.
“We are thrilled to be the 2017 KICC champions,” said Lam Wai Yee, of the winning China team. “It was an amazing week. We worked incredibly hard and learned so much — coming to Lisbon and spending the week with all the other teams and our KPMG coaches was a really rewarding experience, and also great fun.”
“The quality of the presentations this week was extraordinary,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman, KPMG International. “These students are the business leaders of the future, and they demonstrated it with the impressive level of insight and problem solving in presenting their ideas. KPMG is committed to advancing lifelong learning and KICC provides a great opportunity for these students to develop their business skills and interact with their peers and future colleagues from around the world.”
Iain McLaughlin, Head of Global Resourcing, KPMG International, said: “Congratulations to Ho Ching Him, Lam Wai Yee, Cheng Hong Cheuk and Po Ho Sang from Team China for winning the KPMG International Case Competition. It was not an easy task with tough competition from the 92 students who won their national competitions to make it to the global finals. All of the students impressed the judges with their innovative thinking, speed and ability to adapt throughout the entire competition.”
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In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG China was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong office can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to the China market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in the Chinese member firm’s appointment by some of China’s most prestigious companies.