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University of Sydney students win high-pressured inter-university consulting competitions

20 Aug 2014

University of Sydney students have defeated teams from universities across NSW to capture the most wins in the annual Univative consulting competition.

Open to students from all faculties and programs, the competition offers participants an opportunity to work with leading companies on real business cases.

This year, ten host organisations - including Ernst & Young (EY), Ericsson, Dentsu Aegis, NSW Trade & Investment, Accor and Hilti - worked with student teams from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Western Sydney, the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales.

Participants were given a brief by their project host and worked offsite researching and formulating solutions, before submitting a business report and presenting their proposals.

"Univative gave our team the opportunity to solve a real-life business problem presented by one of the largest engineering services firms worldwide," said current Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering student, Davey Wang, who worked with Hilti. "As a student aiming to work in consulting, Univative offered me an invaluable experience and insights into critical thinking, strategic planning and business dynamics."

The University of Sydney took the top prize in three out of ten challenges, more wins than any other team. The winning teams were working with host organistations: the Australian National Maritime Museum, Hilti and the Co-op.

"Through Univative, I developed my skills in teamwork, brainstorming, research and analysis," said Manh Luong, current Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws student, and team leader for the group working with Co-op. "I built a strong bond with my team members, and I believe I am now more confident in myself and in my leadership capability. It was a very worthwhile experience."

Univative 2014 was run by the Careers and Employability Office at the Business School, in collaboration with the University of Sydney Careers Centre.

"The Careers and Employability Office runs a very full program of employability events for students across the year and Univative always stands out as clear highlight on the calendar," said Lucinda Meates, Careers Service Manager (Education). "Not only is it a unique opportunity for students to provide a genuine and valued consulting experience to corporate partners, but our teams consistently perform well in the competition. Well done to all University of Sydney Univative representatives."