Four Students Make VSB History by Placing First in Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) International Case Competition

VILLANOVA, Pa., November 21, 2016 - Four VSB seniors out-competed 15 teams from universities across the nation to place first in the seventh annual CUIBE International Case Competition held at Northeastern University in Boston. The first-place finishers—Brian Chueh ’17, Erica Chuong ’17, Chris Sweeney ’17 and Andrew Liou ’17—were tasked with examining a business case for Unilever and presenting their recommendations to a panel of judges in less than 48 hours.

“This is the first time in VSB history that our team has earned first place in this competition,” said Ward Utter, instructor, Management & Operations, who served as the faculty advisor for the team. “We’ve come close many times, but this year’s team was well prepared thanks to plenty of support from the VSB community. I was honored to see their hard work and smart approach rewarded with the first-place recognition.”

“This is a very competitive event and our team was up against some of the strongest teams in the competition's history,” said Kim Cahill, director of the Center for Global Leadership, which sponsored the competition. “The Center for Global Leadership could not be any prouder of our students’ first-place finish!”

The case competition provides students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and talents in a unique international business learning lab venue while sharpening their critical thinking and presentation skills. Students are then able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to network and gain real-world experience in a competitive environment.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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