FOUR students from Cork University Business School at UCC will be representing Ireland at an international financial solutions competition in Malaysia in the coming weeks.
The students will compete against participants from 22 countries at the prestigious KPMG International Case Competition in Kuala Lumpur after triumphing at the national finals in Dublin earlier this month.
The four second-year finance students - Rayan Suhail from Rochestown, Anna Harte and Harry Shanahan from Douglas and Sinead Buckley from Inniscarra - will travel to the Asian city to take part in the competition from April 9-12.
Experts from KPMG selected the quartet following a gruelling event against eight other competitors. They developed hypothetical fintech solutions for Banco Santander and the wine cork industry.
They are the first students from UCC to be selected to participate in the competition.
Over the course of the two-day event, the CUBS students had to go without their phones, think outside the box and challenge each other to develop original concepts.
On the first day of the national competition, they were asked to complete a 15-minute presentation in under three hours and present it in front of three KPMG directors.
Despite only qualifying for the second round as a wildcard selection, the CUBS team put their minds to work, creating a 20-minute presentation on the wine cork industry in under three hours, before spending the night working on detailed content.
The following day, the CUBS team impressed the expert judging panel which this time included two KPMG directors and one partner.
Before travelling to Kuala Lumpur on April 5, the CUBS students will prepare for the international KICC competition at the Communications Clinic and have been receiving advice from leading academics at CUBS.