University SIFE team named Australian champion

July 11 / 65

University SIFE team President Nish Vivekananthan presents at the SIFE Australia National Conference
University SIFE team President Nish Vivekananthan presents at the SIFE Australia National Conference

The University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named 2011 National Champion at the SIFE Australia National Conference last week.

SIFE is an international non-profit organisation which works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilise university students to make a difference in their communities, while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

The conference, held from 13 - 15 July at the Sydney Hilton, saw 22 SIFE teams from throughout Australia present their work to a panel of judges and compete for the Australian title.

The national conference marked the culmination of 12 months’ hard work for the University’s team, which presented five projects and described how they were working with academics, business and community leaders to address social, economic and environmental issues.  

The judging panel, which represented some of Australia’s most well-known companies including sponsors Qantas, Fonterra, Woolworths, KPMG, HSBC and Coca-ColaAmatil, was impressed by the range of projects the team undertook as well as the success and positive change they achieved.

Professor Margaret Abernethy, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics said, “This is an outstanding achievement for the 78 strong SIFE team, led by President Nish Vivekananthan.  

“The Faculty of Business and Economics has sponsored this program for several years, and we are delighted to see so many of our students involved in using the knowledge gained while studying at the University to drive social change.” 

Professor Abernethy also thanked to SIFE team Faculty Advisors Suzanne Dixon and Brooke Young,  the SIFE Business Advisory Board members and Professor Simon Bell, Professor Nasser Spear, Dr Jennifer Grafton, Elizabeth Serpell, Professor Bob Wood from MBS and the Commerce Student Centre for helping the team in their preparations and activities throughout the year. 

The University SIFE team will travel to Kuala Lumpur to represent Australia at the SIFE World Championships in October. 

 

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