RIT Dubai student wins 1st prize in International Business Competition

RIT Dubai business bachelor student Zaid Khan, beat 724 other international teams from over 100 universities to win 1st prize in the recent ‘X Culture’ project competition.

The competition, which pits international virtual teams against each other is now well established in business education circles with a total of 4,239 MBA students, undergraduate business students, and non-student contestants from 110 universities in 40 countries competing. 

Part of a global virtual team, RIT Dubai student Zaid, who was mentored by RIT Dubai Chair of Business, Professor Rizwan Tahir, worked with students from Brazil, Italy and the US using the case study of a Latvian company.

Zaid said it was hard work but amazing.  “At first I thought it would be good experience and we would learn from it, especially as we were competing against MBA students.  As we progressed we realised that we were really onto something and had a chance of winning. It’s a great feeling.”  

Extraordinarily, this is a third year in a row that an RIT Dubai student has been part of a winning team in this prestigious international award.

Dr Rizwan Tahir embeds the X Culture competition in the course  ‘Global Business Environment’ which forms part of the 2nd year for Bachelor of Business Students.

“ I’m delighted that Zaid was part of the winning team and this shows the calibre of our students here at RIT Dubai.  He was up against very stiff international competition, working with students in a virtual environment across time zones to achieve this.  Our students are used to interacting and cooperating with others students across RIT’s Global network of campuses.    It’s indicative of the international business environment now and when combined with our unique Co-operative Internship program, means that our students are well for prepared for professional challenges.”

Another four RIT Dubai Students; Drashti Shah, Mariam Al Khateeb, Youssef Sami Semaan,  Mashal Waqar, were also among the top 10 teams competing for the award.

Entries were evaluated by business experts including International Business professors from around the world who assessed it on multiple criteria including creativity, clarity, the viability of the ideas, style, as well as evaluation of each report section. Based on the expert evaluations, the 10 best reports   with nearly perfect scores were shortlisted and evaluated by the X-Culture International Award Committee comprised of 10 International Business experts representing 8 different countries.

The winning team members receive Competition Winner certificates and a $1000 cash prize. All members of the finalist teams will also be invited to the X-Culture 2016 Symposium held on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship later this year.

X-Culture was launched in 2010 by Dr Vas Taras, who decided to partner with a professor in another country who was teaching a similar course and whose students could partner in virtual teams.  He sent out a call through the Academy of International Business  and to his surprise, he received dozens of responses from business professors around the world within the first hour – and the rest  as they say is history…

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