Global success for two EBS teams

Edinburgh Business School students in Dubai and Malaysia celebrated a fantastic result in the prestigious AECOM Global Challenge 2018, with both teams coming in the top 10 worldwide.

The challenge was organised by AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, which has 87,000 employees that design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries. Every day their architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and technology professionals, find innovative solutions to meet their clients’ complex challenges.

Edinburgh Business School is the only UK-headquartered school to be invited to participate. Our students based in Dubai and Malaysia provided their expertise for the second year running and gained some of the most sought after professional skills by participating in the programme.

Our teams’ success follows on last year’s achievement of our students in Malaysia, who also reached the final stage of the AECOM Global Challenge 2017 – for team Malaysia this is the second consecutive recognition.

EBS Malaysia's AECOM team

This year’s competition attracted over 470 business proposals from AECOM employees around the world. The aim is to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of the industry's brightest minds to spark positive change. Ideas are submitted in categories such as cities of the future, mobility, a sustainable world, emerging technologies, operational efficiency, and innovation X for all other ideas that help deliver a better world.

MBA Programme Director in Dubai, Shirin Jarrar, said:

“The students worked really hard for this success, they supported the AECOM inventors between various time zones; Australia, Hong Kong, UK and the UAE. They attended meetings and delivered weekly objectives, despite the fact that they are all busy working professionals and studying for their MBA.

“I’m very proud of their achievement. They were very organised, task-focused and persistent, which all resulted in their work and that of AECOM inventors to be recognised as a high quality ‘finalist’ business plan.”

Wardah Mohamad, MBA Programme Director Malaysia, said:

EBS Dubai's AECOM team

"I’m very proud of our students who found the AECOM challenge a very rewarding experience. Our students are all busy professionals and they found it hard, especially at the beginning, to juggle their family life, studies and careers with the demands of the competition. Despite all pressures they did exceptionally well.”

Four EBS students in Malaysia participated in the challenge: Vishahan, Sam Khor, Sujadhini and Khoo Sok Tin. The Dubai team had five members: Biljana Kitanchevska, Nitesh Jaiswal, Shailesh Pandey, Mark Angelo De Leon and Tracey Lebeanya.

In addition to the students, the teams comprise an AECOM lead, several mentors, the contestants/idea inventors, and subject matter experts.