Students of the University of Santo Tomas AMV-College of Accountancy, namely, Randel Christian Amora, Charlene Mae B. Jusi, and Ma. Carmella G. Valdez, bagged the championship title for the first-ever EXCEED 2021 Business Case Competition held on April 24, 2021 via Zoom. They are in the third year of the Accountancy program.
The Business Case Competition (BCC) is one of EXCEED 2021’s three accounting challenges. It tested the participating teams’ skills and abilities in different strategic areas of business through crafting a business proposal using the concepts they learned in the undergraduate program.
The team stood out in the elimination and semi-final rounds of the competition held earlier in March 2021, and clinched a spot in the finals round with other four competing universities. In the final round, the participating teams were tasked to come up with a business proposal comprising an Industry Analysis, Company Analysis, Strategy Analysis, Alternative Courses of Action and Big Idea. The teams were given two hours to craft their written proposal and another 45 minutes to prepare for the oral presentation.
Other than the championship title, the UST team also bagged special awards: the Best Written Proposal and Best Oral Presentation. The team from the Far Eastern University earned the second place while the University of the East team won third place. Winners received cash prizes, medals, and certificates.
Virtual Escape Room Challenge
In another EXCEED 2021 challenge named the Virtual Escape Room (VER), another team of students from the UST-AMV students emerged victorious. Kristine Louise R. Dela Cruz, Sofia Louise A. Ronquillo, and Ronan Immanuel G. Viernes successfully escaped the VER on April 10, 2021 via Zoom. These students are also in their third year under the Accountancy program.
To escape the VER, participating student teams must solve three segments of challenges involving accounting and non-accounting problems. Segment 1 covers basic accounting; Segment 2 covers basic accounting and management advisory services; and Segment 3 covers all the CPA licensure examination courses. Each participating team is given three hours to solve the challenges and escape the room.
The UST team was the first to escape the virtual room and bested 65 other teams from all over the country. The team from Bicol University took home the second place while the team from Notre Dame University – Cotabato was awarded third place.
EXCEED is an annual event organized by the De La Salle University, where the best and brightest accounting students in the country are gathered to compete. EXCEED 2021’s theme was “Reshaping Business Dynamics, Catalyzing Post-Pandemic Nation-Building.”