Bright minds from 28 countries off to Dubai for KICC

10 April 2015

Next week KPMG will host the final of one of its largest student recruitment events of the year: the KPMG International Case Competition (KICC). More than 100 bright minds from 28 countries will fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to battle for the title ‘best student team of the year’.

Every year accounting and consulting giant KPMG organises an international competition in which it challenges students from across the globe to solve complex business problems. Since the start of the competition – known internally as KICC – the initiative has evolved from greenfield to a large-scale and prestigious event, this year hosting teams from 28 countries, including the US, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, China and Australia. 

Bright minds off to Dubai

The teams have been selected based on a country-by-country competition, with those coming out on top at a national level provided the opportunity to represent their nation during the final. Last year the event was hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with this year’s edition taking place in Ritz-Carlton Hotel of the modern metropolis of Dubai.

In a statement, KPMG says the 2015 edition of the International Case Competition is set to provide the finalists an “experience of a lifetime”. In association with Emirates, the participants will be pampered with an all-expenses-paid trip, boardroom-style luxury and the opportunity to “be immersed in the magnificent culture of the United Arab Emirates”. Yet it is not all luxury and fun – through a series of cases, students will be intellectually challenged to review and develop innovative solutions for a number of real-world business issues. In 2014, finalists were asked to provide strategic advice to a global oil and gas company embarking on a new shale gas operation.

To demonstrate its commitment to the event, KPMG has freed up the time of twenty-two (senior) partners to attend and act on the judges panel, as well as 35 recruiters tasked with following the developments of the young, talented bunch. Over the course of four days, teams will be judged, with the best concepts progressing through various rounds before the overall winners are announced on Thursday, 16 April 2015. 

KPMG International Case Competition

“The KPMG International Case Competition is an amazing opportunity for students to gain experience of addressing real life business challenges. To see talented students grow in confidence as they progress through each round of the competition and learn from the judges’ feedback brings to life how talented students are today. Not only is it a great challenge, it is also a great learning experience for all involved”, comments Hinke Zijlstra, Recruitment Manager at KPMG.

Every team entering the competition has produced a short video about themselves and the culture of their country. See the KICC Facebook page for all video’s. The UK team:

Next week will reveal the winners of the KPMG International Case Competition 2015.


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