Published: 11 March 2021

Surrey Business School’s Executive MBA students come 4th in the Montreal CSR Competition

Fantastic news for our final year Exec MBA students who came 4th out of 32 universities around the globe in the HEC Montreal CSR challenge. The Surrey team beat all other UK, European and US universities in the challenging, two-day case-cracking event.  

The HEC Montréal CSR Challenge is a bilingual Case Competition hosted by HEC Montréal and Association des Étudiants MBA (AEMBA) that focuses on the problems and challenges of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Many congratulations to Diana George, Charlotte Lago, Dush Patel, Catherine Haywood and Simon Crisp.

“The competition was a great learning experience and a real challenge that allowed participants to be creative under pressure. Teamwork was a critical component of the competition as all of us had one goal and a motivation to succeed together. This competition really stretched our imagination and encouraged us to think differently about solutions to various social and environmental challenges. It also encouraged us to network, meet international students and exchange ideas. Surrey EMBA has certainly given us lots of amazing tools and prepared us to compete on the international level.” 
Diana George

“It was fantastic to meet and create bonds with other MBA students from around the world and work with them on the challenges and activities. We learnt a lot as a team and team working, presentation skills and knowledge we have acquired so far on the Surrey Business School EMBA helped us to remain confident under pressure. I would recommend this and similar competitions to both full-time or part-time MBA students, the learning experience we got out exceeded the effort we put in.” Charlotte Lago

"The Surrey EMBA focus on leadership, problem-solving and innovative thinking really helped me to contribute to our team success at the 2021 HEC Montreal CSR Challenge. It was a great experience and I’d wholly recommend it to any MBA student who wants to stretch their team work and problem-solving skills delivering solutions to real life business challenges. It wasn’t easy but hugely rewarding and a fun way to meet other MBA students around the world.”
Catherine Haywood

"The CSR challenge organised by HEC Montreal presented us with a great opportunity to test our knowledge and know-how against other MBA candidates globally. Upon reflection, I believe the modules/content covered in the SBS’s connected EMBA prepared us well for the challenge." 
Dush Patel

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