Winning team from Carnegie Mellon with VIPs: Ms. Samah Gamar, VP-Academic at CNA-Q; Mr. Jaafar Al-Sarraf General Manager of Gulf Exchange; Dr. Ken MacLeod, President at CNA-Q; Mr. Abdullah Al Asadi , Head of Shareholder Affairs at Doha Bank; Mr. Mohsin Khattab from Al Liwan Suites
The fourth annual Al Ruwad Business Case Competition was hosted by College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q). The success of the event is in large part thanks to the co-sponsorship of Doha Bank and Gulf Exchange Co.
The Al Ruwad Competition, which ran from March 23 - 25, is the premier inter-collegial business case competition in the country. It prepares post-secondary students to work in a thriving business environment, such as Qatar’s growing economy. The variety of business cases test students’ ability to evaluate a number of scenarios focusing on various aspects of business from marketing and finance to human resources. The format challenges teams to compete against each other in three rounds of case analysis which develop a multitude of soft skills for students, including honing problem solving, teamwork, presentation, time management and analytical thinking skills.
Doha Bank provided prizes of 25,000 QR for the first place team, 15,000 QR for the second place and 7,500 QR for third place. The gala luncheon was underwritten by Gulf Exchange Co., and catered by Al Liwan Suites.
Two teams from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar took first and second place, while a team from Stenden University Qatar took the third place prize. A CNA-Q team was one of the four finalists but just missed the winners circle.
This year, 35 students comprising nine teams competed from State post-secondary institutions: CNA-Q, Stenden University Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University. The format for the competition involves three rounds of case analysis, and the top four teams with the highest scores compete in the final round. There were 35 judges involved with the competition, who brought their breadth of knowledge from industry, including the oil and gas, banking, agriculture and telecommunication sectors. The success of the event was also thanks to dozens of faculty and student volunteers from CNA-Q’s School of Business Studies.
“We are very pleased that Doha Bank and Gulf Exchange Co. sponsored the 2018 Al Ruwad Business Case Competition. Through their support CNA-Q is able to host the premier business case competition in the country, allowing students to compete in solving practical business scenarios,” said Mr. David King, Dean of the School of Business Studies at CNA-Q. “This event is about developing opportunities for students to gain a greater understanding of the business world and help them develop into strong leaders who will steer the region’s economy in the years to come.”