The long-standing rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney will be fuelled this week when 30 students from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) full-time MBA program descend on Melbourne for the 13th annual AGSM v MBS Cup.
The student-run event which sees students go head-to-head in a variety of sporting and academic activities is hosted in alternate cities each year and continues to grow in popularity.
In 2012, enthusiastic students will compete in the sports of Cricket, Basketball, Football and Foosball, however it is the annual academic debate which is the flagship event and highlight of The Cup. The prized trophy has been awarded to AGSM on 10 of the last 12 occasions. The AGSM has benefited from the continuous support of AGSM Alumnus, Justin di Lollo who has volunteered his time as the team’s debating coach. Di Lollo is one of Australia’s leading corporate advisers on government relations from Public Affairs firm Hawker Britton.
“An event like this helps the cohort in multiple ways,” said 2012 President Student Society, AGSM MBA, Puneet Kashyap. “It not only gets the school together building a sense of pride but also helps us interact with like-minded people from different Business Schools, building key networks for our future professional careers.
“This event also gives the opportunity to showcase ourselves as a school which focuses on all round development of our talented students. And, it’s always good to have a healthy rivalry to motivate us to do our best. This event is something we look forward to each year!”
So popular has the cup become that many of the MBA students in the program, who are not participating, will travel to Melbourne at their own expense to support their colleagues and join in the 3 days of activities.
Puneet says it is the goal of AGSM students would like this cup to be the start of a bigger competition which involves more high calibre business schools from around the world.