Students Win KPMG International Case Competition

29 May 2014

A team of four students from The University of Queensland has won the 2014 KPMG International Case Competition.

UQ Business School students Daniel Mouat and Jonathon Black, along with Lachlan Campbell and Sam Leigh from the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, travelled to Sao Paulo, Brazil last month and were named the winners of the international competition.

Now in its eleventh year, the KPMG International Case Competition is one of the world’s largest case competitions and represents KPMG’s flagship student recruitment initiative.

This year, the competition drew approximately 16,000 students from more than 440 universities in 23 countries to compete against each other in developing solutions to realistic business scenarios and challenges.

The competition offers students the chance to experience the fast-paced world of casework, meet new people, and travel to places they may have never been before.

Daniel Mouat, a dual degree student who is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics, said he greatly benefited from the experience.

“The competition was interesting, challenging, and rewarding. It required me to apply the knowledge obtained throughout my university education to real life case studies.”

This year the final competing teams were asked to analyse a case on Hydraulic Fracturing and its environmental, financial and political implications. The challenge was to prepare a compelling set of recommendations and an engaging presentation for a panel of leaders from across KPMG’s global network of member firms.

The UQ team advanced through the various rounds of the competition and were selected as the overall winners due to their innovative approach, insight into the subject matter, and the passion exhibited in their presentation.

As a result of winning, the team will receive an exclusive, all-expenses-paid week of ‘Entrepreneurship’ training at Babson College in Boston, US.

Team member Jonathon Black was thrilled about the opportunity saying, “It was fantastic that the hard yards we put in, and the great coaching we received from the Brisbane KPMG team, paid off. I really look forward to heading to Boston in July to further develop my consulting skills at Babson College.”

Professor Andrew Griffiths, Dean of UQ Business School, said: “It’s fantastic to see students seeking out these types of opportunities, and excelling in them at an international level. The KPMG International Case Competition is an experience that will benefit these four students greatly in their future professional careers. We congratulate them on their success.”

KPMG Brisbane has a number of ongoing partnerships with UQ Business School across various levels of industry engagement, such as their sponsorship of the Australian Owner Manager Program™.