Heriot-Watt students at the Dubai Campus have scooped awards at an inter-university competition designed to improve their business skills.
The Skyline University College's Inter University Business Plan and New Idea Competition aims to help students to hone their business plan writing skills and also develop new ideas for making society a better place to live.
Five teams entered the competition from the School of Management and Languages at the Dubai Campus. The Business Typhoons team scored their second triumph in the competition, winning first prize in the New Ideas section, focussing on a unique hydroponics farming technique designed to produce vegetables and herbs via off-shore, fully temperature-controlled premises. The produce would be pesticide free, consume less water and help to diversify the UAE economy in a sustainable way.
The same team also won first prize in the same competition last year. Further runners up awards and placed ideas were achieved by Heriot-Watt teams in the New Idea and Business plans sections.
Marlene Muller, Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management at the Dubai Campus, who supported the students in the competition, said, “The quality and excellent standards displayed by our students are indicative of their hard work, presentation skills and perseverance over the last couple of weeks. Their creativity and ability to connect their start-up ideas with their own data were significant.
“Their successes are also testament to our UG courses' relevance in today's society that is eager to promote innovation and a better future for all. We indeed produce leaders in ideas and solutions!”