Title

Notre Dame Business students compete for Deloitte Australia's 2008 Dream

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 5-19-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Five business students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) Fremantle Campus recently competed in Deloitte Australia’s 2008 Dream Team competition.

Deloitte Australia, a leading international accounting firm, holds the competition every year. It aims to give Western Australian (WA) commerce students the opportunity to apply knowledge to ‘real world’ situations, gain insight into the type of work performed by the Deloitte practice and meet with industry experts.

Competing against each other were teams from The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University.

As part of the competition, the teams were given a hypothetical company and over a five week period, they completed a range of tasks which challenged their skills and knowledge.

Based around the theme of ‘Crisis Management’ they were required to consider business strategies which covered impact assessments, developing communication plans, business continuity management and financial analysis.

For each task, the teams were assessed on two elements, a written paper and a presentation to a key stakeholder. This concluded with a final presentation to over 80 people which included divisional partners from Deloitte and university representatives.

Notre Dame business student, Josh Puckridge said, “It was a fantastic opportunity to test my university acquired skills against students from other universities.”

The Notre Dame team came second out of ten teams, missing out on first place by only one point (out of a possible 90 points).

“I would recommend every business student to apply for the 2009 Deloitte Dream Team, it’s an excellent opportunity,” said Mr Puckridge.

Executive Dean of Business, Associate Professor Sonja Bogunovich agreed.

“The Deloitte Dream Team competition is a rigorous, yet rewarding opportunity for all students participating. I would like to commend our Notre Dame students on their obvious commitment to both each other as a team and the event. They have certainly risen to the challenge that was set by the 2007 UNDA Dream Team. A 2007 first place, followed by a 2008 second placing (missing out by only one point) is certainly as amazing outcome, and is testament to the excellent calibre of staff and students we have at the Notre Dame Business School,” said Associate Professor Sonja Bogunovich.

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