A team of four students from the University of Linköping has won the 2015 KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) final held this week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The International Case Competition drew over 21,000 student applications from more than 550 universities across 28 countries. For the final, teams competed against each other over four days, developing solutions to realistic business scenarios and challenges.
This year, the event was in association with Emirates, one of the most dynamic and innovative airlines in the world, with the final competition taking place at the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai. Students from Team Sweden have each won an Emirates round trip ticket – to any of the 140+ destinations Emirates flies to worldwide.
This year, all the cases used in the competition focused on the airline industry. Each round of the competition built on the other as the competition progressed – challenging the students to continuously expand their thinking and learn from the feedback they were given.
In the final round the finalist teams, Team Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, were tasked with presenting a series of innovative solutions to help Emirates Airline increase its long-term value. The teams presented to a panel of leaders from across KPMG’s global network as well as Brendan Noonan, Senior Vice President of Learning and Development at Emirates.
After careful deliberation, Team Sweden were selected as the winner due to the way they analyzed the business needs of each case and built their recommendations over the course of the competition. The team included Patrik Edlund, Linnéa Andersson Hansen, Hanna Nyman and Jens Ternerot.
“The talent of the students making it to the global final never ceases to amaze me. It’s been a privilege to bring so many future business leaders here to the magnificent city of Dubai and provide this unique learning experience” said Rachel Campbell, Global Head of People, KPMG International. “The competition, and the case we challenged them with this year, represented the type of work our people do for clients every day. It’s been wonderful to see them develop their thinking at such an incredible pace.”
“Congratulations to the team from Sweden and to all the participating teams who won their national competitions to make it here” said Iain McLaughlin, Head of Global Talent, KPMG International. “All of the students worked exceptionally hard to get here, but there can only be one winning team and this year our congratulations go to Patrik, Linnéa, Hanna and Jens from Team Sweden.”
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