Duquesne MBA Sustainability Places Second in Worldwide Competition

Jan 28, 2014, 10:28 ET from Duquesne University

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team from Duquesne University's MBA Sustainability program placed second in an inaugural world competition in Davos, Switzerland, based on a case study to improve sustainability operations at an international oil and gas company.

The first Corporate Knights-Schulich Business for a Better World case competition narrowed the field from 28 teams worldwide to five in the first two rounds. Three teams of students—from Duquesne, the first-place team from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Monterey School of International Studies—were selected for the final round in Davos, where high-profile judges attending the World Economic Forum heard their presentations on Jan. 24.

The teams were challenged to use a business plan to improve the global energy operations of Suncor Energy, sponsor of the event, based upon sustainability metrics.

"Our students have just underscored that Duquesne operates an innovative, world-class program that's among the very best anywhere by besting 27 of 28 teams from some of the finest MBA programs in the world," said Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

This competition demonstrates the enriching, life-changing experiences that students now expect from higher education. "This is an incredible accomplishment and a transformational experience for our students—and giving students compelling experiences is what our outstanding MBA Sustainability faculty do best," McFarlin said.

The competition also demonstrates students' potential in the marketplace. "The team's accomplishment is but one example of the value our students can deliver to multinational companies," said Dr. Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness. "Global case competitions like this are integral in our curriculum and part of a unique Duquesne experience within a one-year MBA program."

The Duquesne team, sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, included:

Alcoa Fellow Laura Demetriou Monahan, Sustainability Fellow Jana DiSanti , and Peace Corps Fellows  Alison Etheridge, who returned from Nicaragua in 2012, and Stephen Sumpter, who returned from Ethiopia in 2011.

For information about the Sustainability MBA program, visit www.duq.edu/sustainablemba.

Duquesne University
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability.

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