Global Final week 2019 – Global Student Challenge
After a spectacular action packed week, the Award Ceremony was the highlight of the Global Final Week 2019. CoolTuristi from Politecnico di Milano, Italy convincingly claimed the championship title of this year’s Global Student Challenge. This year again The Cool Connection (TCC) and The Fresh Connection (TFC), merged during the Global Final Week driving all teams to play three rounds of both simulations.
The Italian team had a great performance throughout the three rounds of The Fresh Connection, achieving 4th place halfway through the competition. The Cool Connection track resulted in a fierce battle which completely altered the top 5 composition. CoolTuristi was the only one that managed to hold on to a top spot, which meant victory for Italy. The team from Politecnico di Milano claimed the championship title and €10,000 in cash!
Team Juice in the box from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel took second place, earning €6,000 in
cash. This was the first time a team from Belgium had claimed a top 3 spot and we were delighted to see the boys from Brussels take extreme pride in their exceptional accomplishment!
The third place, based on combined ranking in both tracks, convincingly went to team ROI Mafia from McGill University, Canada who for the second year in a row had a team in the top 3, stepping up onto the podium and earning €4,000 in cash.
The Global Final week allowed students and teachers from 15 countries, and 24 nationalities to interact with each other, share their culture and take back to their countries unforgettable experiences that will last a lifetime. Student activities, company visits to KPMG, Henkel, ASML, Heineken, an excursion to the highly advanced harbor of Rotterdam, and much more was part of the Global Final Week program at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.
This year again turned out to be a year of many firsts! For the first time an educator conference was launched to run in parallel with the Global Final. The Inchainge Connect educator conference at different stages merged with the Global Final to allow students and educators to enjoy sessions on trending topics together. We were also very pleased to welcome a student association team from ESTIEM to the Global Final for the first time. ESTIEM is is the organization for European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management, and is one of the biggest student organizations on the continent.
We want to thank Windesheim University of Applied Sciences for having been an excellent host for 5 consecutive years. Windesheim is one of the Netherlands’ top-3 universities of applied sciences, known for its personal approach. They pursue an innovative and entrepreneurial approach and take pride in being a center of excellence and innovation in the field of Supply Chain Finance.
The next edition will again hold many surprises as we strive to evolve and improve every year. So keep an eye out for news about the next edition of the Global Student Challenge!