business students on virtual call

A team of undergraduate students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business impressed judges with an exceptional presentation during the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Hong Kong University Asia Pacific Business Case Competition. This year’s competition, which is normally hosted at Hong Kong University, was held virtually, June 6–9.

Twenty teams representing 12 countries were given six hours to analyze their case study, prepare slides, record a video and submit their presentation by the deadline—all while collaborating online.

This year’s case topics included blockchain (records of cryptocurrency transactions), sustainability and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winners of the 2020 competition are:

  • Champion—Peking University, China
  • 1st runner up—Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • 2nd runner up—UH Mānoa–Shidler College of Business, U.S.
  • 3rd runner up—Sunway University, Malaysia

“The HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition allowed us to bridge our academic knowledge with real business practices,” said team member Kelly Zheng. “It was truly a unique learning experience and equipped us with the knowledge and skills to tackle business problems facing our world today. Our team is extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent our college, state and country.”

Other team members included Amber Kim, Jordan Abanto and Alex Tyau.

“I truly admire our students for working through these unprecedented times, training virtually while completing courses and working through internships,” shared Constancio Paranal, Shidler faculty member and team advisor. “It was challenging competing long-distance. Our students woke up at 5 a.m. to work on the case and had the least time to prepare for the Q&A portion of the competition, but our students persevered.”

For more details on the competition, visit the Shidler College of Business website.