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Sydney Enactus team to take on the world in Beijing

21 Jul 2014

The University of Sydney is to represent Australia at the prestigious Enactus World Cup to be held in the Chinese capital, Beijing, in October after winning the national finals in Brisbane for the first time.

Enactus is an international network of University based teams that bring together student, academic and business leaders with the intention of improving the quality of life of the world's disadvantaged.

Enactus Group

Competitions at a national and international level allow the teams to showcase their projects and to highlight the lessons learnt for their implementation.

This year, the University of Sydney Enactus team will present two projects in Beijing.

Culinary Tales gave refugees an opportunity to share their stories with the community though cooking classes while the Sight Project helped artists with a disability to turn their passion into a sustainable business.

A team of over 120 mainly University of Sydney Business School students worked throughout the year raising more than $160 thousand dollars for a wide range of project including Culinary Tales and the Sight Project. A core group of 25 competed in Brisbane's national finals against teams from across the country.

"We are delighted with our win and the chance to represent Australia in Beijing, especially after reaching the national final last year and falling just short," said team leader Raymond Pham. "We are also excited about showcasing our amazing business solutions in China."

The University of Sydney team will compete in Beijing against teams from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India, Brazil and nearly 30 other nations.

"The opportunity to compete in Beijing demonstrates the success of the Business School's problem based learning approach as well as its commitment to giving students the chance to apply their business knowledge and skills in real life business situations," Raymond said.

"Enactus inspires students to use their business skills to solve community and social issues through entrepreneurial action," he added. "It not only allows students to have hands on work experience in a team environment but gives them an avenue to improve the lives of those less fortunate in our community."

In additional to invaluable life experience, Enactus allows students to gain credit for their project work through the Business School's Community Placement Program (CPP), which aims to provide theoretical and practical learning for students interested in social business.