E-Business Plan Competition
Australian College of Kuwait (ACK), Kuwait
The Australian College of Kuwait hosted its annual E-Business Plan Competition for students in their final semester of the Diploma of Business Management at Auditorium on Tuesday 30th June, 2009 in the West Mishref. The event was attended by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Abdullah Al Sharhan and VP of Student Affairs, Ms Kawthar Abu Ghazaleh, in addition to Senior Directors of ACK along with the honoring presence of families and students. The event was also supported by a group of industry leaders in Kuwait, in which they attended as Judge Panelists which included VP of Academic Affairs, Mr. Allan Cormack, CEO & Founder of ALZANKI ENTERPRISES, Eng. Khalid Al Zanki, General Manager of Skill Rate Advisors Ms. Najwa Kharma, Senior Computer Engineer at College of Business Administration at Kuwait University Eng. Bashayer Al-Khalifa, and Quality Assurance Manager at the Palms Hotel Mr. Alaa Selim.
The E-Business Plan Competition involved six nominated business students to present before the industry Judge Panel. These business students were chosen for this honour based on the structured quality of their business plans, creativity, and how well they presented them to an internal instructor panel. Their efforts were then judged the best out of over 150 plans submitted by semester 4 students as part of their final assessment in their Business Program.
The E-Business Plans and ideas presented illustrated a collection of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes the students had gained during the 4 semesters of their Diploma studies. This event exhibited the practical nature of student learning at ACK, which follows an Australian system of Competency-Based Training. The business planning unit is the culmination of four semesters’ of learning undertaken by ACK management students.
Each E-Business Plan stemmed from an innovative idea that students developed. The panel of industry judges were then asked to nominate a winner out of the top six. The best business plan was awarded to:
- Yousef Karam (Top Ranking Winner)
- Dunia Al-Abadesh
- Sarah Hanbali
- Yogesh Narayanan
- Ahamd Al-Anzi
The panelists stated that they were impressed with the quality and the standard of the top six business plans, and advised all participants to carry out their business plans into the real world. In addition, Ms. Kawther Abu Ghazaleh, Vice President of Student for the Australian College of Kuwait, expressed her appreciation towards all student participants for the Best Business Plan, inspiring them to move forward with their enterprises and succeed in them. Abu Ghazaleh have also stated this event reflects the philosophy and mission statement in which defines ACK’s purpose, that is, enabling the human potential within the culture of care; along with the essence to capitalize students and prepare them for the real world.