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CBA team places 3rd in case competition—in Chinese

Chinese Case Comp 3rd place winnersA student team from the URI College of Business Administration took third place at the national Business Language Case Competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 7. The winning team included Rachael Adams, Zachary Arnold, and Jessica Andruzzi, who had to showcase both their business skills and their mastery of Chinese. Their entire business presentation in this competition was conducted in Chinese.

For this competition, students from each school were presented with a hypothetical business problem and had to research, develop, present their solution, and answer questions—all in Chinese.

“This is a testimony to show that our international business program students are able to showcase their solid business training as well Chinese language proficiency at the national and international arena,” said Professor Shaw Chen.

For this competition, students from each school were presented with a hypothetical business problem and had to research, develop, present their solution, and answer questions—all in Chinese.

Mark Higgins, Dean of the College of Business Administration, credits the generous support of the College’s Advisory Board and other alums and corporations for making it possible for the student team to travel and compete. “Hasbro’s endowment to provide scholarships to study in China and master the Chinese language has been a game-changer,” said Dean Higgins.

These International Business Program students were invited to participate in this competition in February and were coached and prepared by the College of Business Supply Chain Management faculty member John Ni.

Teams received their cases two weeks before the competition in order to prepare their solutions and presentations. At the event, the URI team presented their solution in Chinese to three different panels of judges, each presentation was followed by a Q&A session also in Chinese. The title of the case was:  “Alpen Bank: Launching the Credit Card in Romania.”

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