Siblings win national business competition

Published: 21 March 2018 at 12:00

Cintia Papp and Krisztian Papp holding their certificates

Anglia Ruskin students show their acumen to win contest for the third time

A brother and sister team representing Anglia Ruskin University displayed their business acumen to win a national student business competition held at IBM’s headquarters.
 
Krisztian and Cintia Papp had already battled through two rounds to get to the final of the Universities Business Challenge (UBC), where competitors have to make decisions on a simulated business and make as big a virtual profit as possible. 
 
They were victorious in the grand final, where they took on teams from nine other institutions including the University of Sheffield and the University of Liverpool, at the London head office of competition sponsor IBM.
 
The team from Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School topped the final table with a virtual profit of £27,889,896 during the final. It meant Anglia Ruskin students won the event for an unprecedented third time.
 
Krisztian, 31, is a part-time MSc Accounting and Finance student, while Cintia, 24, is studying full-time for a degree in BSc Tourism Management. It is the first year that postgraduate students were permitted to take part in the UBC.
 
Cintia said: 

“UBC has been an amazing opportunity and an extremely beneficial experience for both of us. We have learnt so many useful skills on how to run a business, work as a team even under pressure and other valuable employability skills.
 
“After a long day of pressure and exercises we were pleased to be announced as winners. I will never forget the feeling and the happiness that we felt, especially as it meant Anglia Ruskin became the first university in the history of UBC to win three times.”

 
Professor Gary Packham, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin, said: 

“We are very proud that our students continue to benchmark themselves favourably against students from other UK universities. The UBC is an excellent way in which students can develop and showcase their enterprise and employability skills.
 
“We pride ourselves on developing collaborative, imaginative and ambitious graduates who will become inspirational, responsible and entrepreneurial leaders.”