UK champions win a second opportunity to travel to India for the international finals, along with newcomers ESCP Europe
London: The team of Anup Nair and Michael Doroszenko from The University of Strathclyde emerged as champions for the second year in a row at the fourth annual UK Tata Crucible, a major business quiz designed to encourage lateral thinking and test commercial awareness for the country’s future business leaders.
Amongst this year’s special guests were Dr Ralph Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, who expressed fascination with the power of the questions and the excitement of the evening, while emphasising the crucial role that young talent plays in the future success of companies.
This year’s chief guest was Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington and former India bureau chief for the Financial Times. Awarding the winners with their prizes, Mr Johnson said: “It is a very inspiring evening. I am just awe-struck, by not just the knowledge, the factual knowledge that our contestants had, but the ingenuity and the creativity that they displayed in all of their answers.” He urged the students to strive for excellence to achieve success and added, “Keep on displaying the sheer enthusiasm for the subject matter and the creativity and ingenuity I just referred to and the world will be yours.”
The quiz master, Giri Balasubramaniam, aka Pickbrain, tested the students’ business brains to the maximum, with challenging questions covering everything from the American Express logo, Bono’s business ventures, the “Paris Hilton problem” to the history of Godiva Chocolates’ name.
The Tata Crucible Campus Quiz is already an established event in University calendars in India and Singapore, and is now in its fourth year in the UK. The top prize awarded was £4,000, with second and third place teams taking home £2,000 and £1,500 respectively, besides a host of other prizes for finalists and the audience. The top two teams from the UK edition will travel to India early next year for an international final with the top two teams each from the Singapore and India editions of the quiz.
Anwar Hasan, head, Tata Limited, UK, said: “I congratulate the teams for putting up an impressive fight and we are delighted to crown the team from The University of Strathclyde as this year’s winners yet again. I wish them and the first runner-up ESCP Europe the best of luck for the International Finals next year.
“In today’s competitive business environment it is vital for students to take an active interest in the business world and their future career. The Tata Crucible offers a fun, interactive way for students to test their lateral thinking and business knowledge, whilst learning and connecting with one of the most diverse businesses in the world.”For more details about Tata Crucible, please visit www.tatacrucible.com/uk