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More than 40 schools involved in Schools Business Challenge

Published:03 May 2018

Some of the winning schools from Round 1 of the Schools Business Challenge in Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone and Townsville.

Participation by 44 schools shows that CQUniversity's annual Schools Business Challenge is going from strength to strength.

Townsville led the charge with nine schools competing and the Round 1 competition was also held in Rockhampton, Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg, and Gladstone, with Emerald scheduled for next week.

Winners and runner-ups included: Cairns (St Augustine's College/St Mary's Catholic College); Townsville (Burdekin Catholic High School/tie between Kirwan State High School, Annandale Christian College); Mackay (St Patrick's College/Calen District College); Rockhampton (Cathedral College/Heights College); Bundaberg (Bundaberg State High School/Bundaberg North State High School); and Gladstone (Chanel College/Toolooa State High School).

Participating teams are challenged to correctly answer 10 multiple choice questions on each of four topic areas: Accounting; Management & Business; Economics & Law; and Current Affairs/General Knowledge.

Each member of the winning team in Round 1 will receive a $1500 CQUniversity Scholarship, provisional upon their enrolment in the School of Business & Law at CQUniversity. In addition, each winning School receives a perpetual trophy and a cash prize of $500.

Winning teams from eight CQUni campus areas (the Round 1 winners and one extra from Melbourne) will compete in national finals on 24 July.

Dean of Business & Law, Professor Lee Di Milia says the Round 1 winners will compete in the national final via videoconference links.

"The Schools' Business Challenge is helping us to smooth the transition for students between high school and university," Professor Di Milia says.

"The challenge is now in its fourth year and we have had the biggest number of schools enter the competition, including one in Victoria.

"The School of Business and Law is looking forward to welcoming high school students into its courses."