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Second team of business students makes top 100 in international competition

Jifu Wang

Once again, students from the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration have earned a place among the top 100 teams in an international business simulation.

The team is made up of four students from the graduate-level “International Business Strategy” course, the capstone course of the Global Master of Business Administration program. Justin Adler-Swanberg of Las Vegas; Darrell Brightmon, Houston; Jon Bujan, Austin; and Rebecca Windle, Jacksonville, Fla.; are tasked with managing Geryon, a simulated athletic shoe company.

The team tied for 71st place in the Business Strategy Game for the week beginning Oct. 20. The team received a score of 108.5 on a scale of 110. There were 4,738 teams from 289 colleges and universities participating in the simulation worldwide that week.

Farhang Niroomand

“This is fantastic news for our school and UHV,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “I am proud to know that we have such a talented, driven set of business graduate students at our institution.”

The students’ placement in the competition is a telling sign of how fierce the competition has become as it draws to a close, said Jifu Wang, associate professor in the UHV School of Business Administration. With only two weeks left in the contest, the students received the same score as a previous UHV team managed by David Dao of Corinth; Catalina Otalora, Katy; Catherine Rugano, Conroe; and Andie Scott, Missouri City. That team placed 18th the week beginning Sept. 29.

“Usually, if we have one team place, that’s pretty good,” Wang said. “Two teams out of our seven placing in the top 100 shows that our students are very strong this semester. You have to be very good to get into the top 100 rank. The students’ overall performance is a good indicator of their management capabilities. This is real experience that they can take to companies and use to handle real situations.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities, and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.