A team from McGill University of Canada has won the 2018 Championship in the Global Student Challenge, the worldwide supply chain finance simulation game organised by Inchainge and hosted by Windesheim University with support from the Supply Chain Finance Community. After a spectacular week full of company interaction, networking, teamwork and team building, the Award Ceremony was the highlight to top off the Global Final Week 2018. The Fresh Print, from McGill University, convincingly claimed the championship title.

This year, for the first time, the two tracks of the challenge, The Cool Connection (TCC) and The Fresh Connection (TFC), merged during the Global Final Week forcing all teams to play three rounds of both simulations. The Canadian team, consisting of full-time Masters students, won the North and South America Regional Final in January and had an outstanding performance throughout the three rounds of The Fresh Connection, claiming the number one spot halfway through the competition. The Cool Connection track resulted in a fierce battle but, in the end, the team from McGill prevailed and was awarded this year’s top prize and €10,000 in cash.

Team Nameless Four from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, took the second place earning €6,000 in cash. The third place, based on combined ranking in both tracks, ended up in a tie between team Sparkling Lint from Cal Poly Pomona, USA, and team Handpoli from University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. Ultimately, team Handpoli was the one to step onto the podium claiming victory for Brazil and earning €4,000 in cash.

The Global Final week allowed students and teachers from 18 countries and 23 nationalities to interact with each other, share their culture and take back to their countries unforgettable experiences. Student activities, workshops for teachers, company visits to Heineken, Scania, and the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, a field trip to the advanced harbour of Rotterdam and much more were part of this year’s Global Final week at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands.

For the first time, a Global Village was created on campus at Windesheim to house the 27 teams attending the Global Final. The Global Village was extremely successful in creating even more of an opportunity to make friends, socialize, and build an international network.

Another first was that this year The Talent Connection, responsible for the talent program of the Global Student Challenge, had invited top companies who were looking to recruit fresh talent. One of the key objectives of the Global Student Challenge is to act as a bridge between students looking for career opportunities and companies scouting for top talent worldwide. Therefore, a full day of company interaction by means of various assignments was part of the week’s program. We were very proud to have companies with an international footprint present such as Amgen, KPMG, Heineken, VMI, Henkel, PwC, Buck Consultancy International (BCI), DS Smith, Friesland Campina, Arrow Electronics, ASML, and Liberty Global. The companies got to see students in action allowing them to identify top potentials and together with The Talent Connection start the recruitment process.