Annual competition is the largest gathering of MBA students in Europe
For the third year running, students at Saïd Business School have won the HEC MBA Tournament (MBAT): an annual competition and networking event in which teams of MBAs battle for victory in an eclectic mix of activities.
Organised by HEC Paris and now in its 29th year, the MBATs are attended by over 1500 competitors, making it Europe’s largest annual gathering of MBA candidates.
185 Oxford Saïd MBAs competed this year, with 14 gold medals won in events ranging from rugby to a ‘Battle of the Bands.’
‘Playing at the Battle of the Bands was incredible,’ said competitor and Oxford MBA candidate Diana Kolar. ‘The Oxford Saïd cohort support was unreal - people were cheering and crowdsurfing, and it was a great opportunity for us to network and get to know musicians from other competing schools. Half of the band score was determined by audience noise level after the set – our cohort knew this and made sure to get close to the stage and show support at a record 106 decibels – even louder than the HEC Paris home crowd!’
Former professional rugby player Ben Ransom captained Oxford Saïd’s rugby sevens and touch rugby teams. Ransom, who was named 'man of the match' in 2018’s Oxford vs. Cambridge Varsity game, stated that it was a ‘Great experience to play in both the touch and sevens rugby. Tough competition in particular with LBS who we played in both the finals… I think we were competitive in most sports so even if we weren’t winning we were achieving silver or bronze and stopping other teams getting the points.’
Diana added that Oxford’s victory was due in part to the ‘incredible strategic planning by our MBAT student leads Kento Kitano and Marissa Nagler and the captains of each of the teams, who have been working tirelessly for months to coordinate teams and schedules… Overall it was a really positive weekend that has left people energized for the rest of Trinity term!’
Photography courtesy of Ahmad ElNaggar