Kenyan student team wins GMC national competition

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Team Yeshuas from Kenyatta University has been named the winner of the Global Management Challenge (GMC) National Competition held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The GMC is a global strategy and management competition held every year, which attracts over 500,000 people from over 30 countries.

Team Yeshuas will now go on to represent Kenya at the GMC International Finals, which will be held in Doha, Qatar in April.

“At first, our team, Team Yeshua, was slightly intimidated by the manual we were given to help guide us through the competition,” said Akaka Emmanuel Okumu, captain of the winning team from Kenyatta University.

“However, we came to realise that once we understood the basic rules of the competition, and took some time to understand how each decision affected our company’s overall performance, we were able to carry out our tasks better – we kept learning right until the very end of the competition.”

Asim Shah, co-founder of the local GMC chapter, said this was the third time the competition had been held in Kenya, and the level of interest from competitors and potential businesses partners was continuing to grow.

“For competitors, the GMC offers an alternative platform, removed from the theory of the classroom or the rigid corporate structure, where young men and women can learn what leadership in business really entails – they grow and manage virtual companies in simulations that mirror the real world,” he said.

“In addition to this, businesses get the opportunity to support and closely mentor high-potential men and women, contributing to the development of the local human resource talent pool,” explained the significance of the competition.”

Other teams that performed impressively at the national finals included the team from Profiles International who were runners-up, Militarium from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology who took third place, and the management team from Antarc Furniture in fourth place.

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