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Shidler team members L-R: Hannah Domingo, Ji Won Kwak, Antoni Catalan, and Rachel Yasunaga

Undergraduate students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business placed first at the 10th Annual CUIBE (Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education) International Business case competition held at Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business, October 31–November 2.

The Shidler team was one of 15 teams from leading U.S. undergraduate international business programs to showcase their business knowledge and presentation skills in a competitive environment. Each team was given 24 hours to analyze a case study before their presentation. The teams were asked to conduct a case analysis of Phenicoptere, a Polish cosmetics start-up company and then were judged on their business analysis, recommendations and overall performance.

The Shidler team, which was comprised of seniors Antoni Catalan, Ji Won Kwak, Rachel Yasunaga and Hannah Domingo, mentored by Constancio Paranal III, was praised by judges for their marketing and financial analyses and professional presentation skills.

“The 2019 CUIBE case competition was an extremely educational and rewarding experience that enhanced my collegiate career, professional ability and personal ambition. Our team worked together to achieve a first place victory. This memorable journey would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our family, peers and the college,” said team captain Catalan. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the Shidler College of Business and contribute to its distinguished legacy as an academic community that fosters international excellence.”

Other finalists included Brigham Young University (second place), American University (third place) and the University of Oklahoma (fourth place).

More on the CUIBE case competition

Supported by the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE), the NU-CUIBE International Business Case Competition has been hosted by D’Amore-McKim School of Business at the Northeastern University since 2010 and presents an intellectually demanding opportunity to bring students from the consortium’s partner institutions together.

CUIBE has 34 members who are dedicated to undergraduate international business education excellence. Faculty and administrators representing CUIBE members meet twice a year to share best practices and discuss new initiatives in international business education.