The Melbourne Business School (MBS) has gone back-to-back in the hotly-contested MBA Cup against the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
Now in its 20th year, the annual “MBA Cup” contest brings together around 40 of the best, brightest and fittest MBA students from each of Australia’s top business schools to compete in a series of mental and physical challenges.
The 2018 battle kicked off at Melbourne Business School last Friday with a debating contest, followed by netball, touch rugby and soccer events on Saturday. The debating contest contributes 40 per cent of the points that will decide who wins the 2018 cup, with the sporting events counting for 20 per cent each.
MBS won the cup on AGSM turf in Sydney last year and put its home ground advantage to good use this year.
Since forming in June, the MBS debating team has been training hard with the help of the University of Melbourne’s top debaters. The debating contest contributes 40 per cent of the points that will decide who wins the 2018 cup, with the sporting events counting for 20 per cent each.
MBS Student Council President Jude Newton said there was a lot riding on the outcome.
“The debate is a battle of the intellect, and faculty at both schools see it as the more important way to prove which school is better.”
He said the annual competition was a big hit with students who, despite the rivalry, get to make friends and fill their networks with a whole new group of people.
“It’s a whole lot of fun… everyone who’s ever taken part says it’s a weekend they never forget.”