IUP Students Excel in International Business Competition in India

Posted on 11/2/2010 1:59:22 PM

Twelve Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) undergraduate students placed second overall in a business competition recently held in Bangalore, India.

The winners of the MANage International Business Competition, held in Bangalore, India, display their awards
The winners of the MANage International Business Competition, held in Bangalore, India, display their awards.

Peoples Educational Society (PES) in Bangalore hosted the three-day competition, called MANage, from October 13 to 15, 2010, in which Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s (IUP) business college students competed against more than five hundred students from thirty Indian business schools.

ECOBIT’S team won second place overall, and International Business School (IBS), Bangalore, won first place overall based on total points accrued.

The competition included four preliminary rounds, leading to a final event in each category. The competitors took tests, analyzed cases, created presentations and videos, participated in interviews, and engaged in mock financial trading during the competition.

The following students, all seniors, participated in five teams of two students each: Laura Leach and Lauren Young, both Marketing; Brittany Johns, Finance, and Laura Liprando, Accounting (Finance); Elizabeth Bonelli, Management Information Systems, and Steven Wainwright, Technology Support and Training (Information Systems); Stephanie Shimmel, Human Resource Management, and Mark Sestini, Finance (Human Resources); Raymond Edwards Jr., Management, and Alex Pfeffer, Accounting (Business Quiz). Soon Hooi Ee, Management, and Megan McFarling, Finance, participated independently in the Best Manager category.

Each of the IUP teams reached the finals in their respective categories. The Marketing and Finance teams placed first in their areas, and the Systems team placed second. McFarling placed first in the Best Manager category, and won a laptop and prizes totaling $2,500.

However, the trip was not all work and no play. During their stay, the students also toured Mind Tree, a leading software company in India, where they also interacted with the company’s executives and founder; visited the historic city of Mysore, a palace, and a temple; and attended an on-campus concert featuring a New Delhi rock group.

The IUP students also appreciated the experience of meeting and competing against students from another culture.

"Interacting with the other students in India was, in one word—intriguing,” said Ee, a management major. “India is this unique environment where Eastern culture and values meet the West, and it shows in the way the people interact.”

PES, Bangalore, a prominent partner of ECOBIT, has been conducting MANage for several years. The event includes competitions in six business categories and in various non-business categories such as contemporary dance and painting.