14 May 2014

There are a few subdued faces in the MBA today. Indeed, coming off the back of a weekend full of activities, sports and celebrations, Monday morning seems just that little bit harder with the post-MBAT comedown.

The annual MBA Tournament (MBAT) was held this past weekend (8th-10th May) on the HEC Paris Campus, with Europe’s top Business Schools coming to town; 1,400 students, from London Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, ESADE and IE School of Business amongst others, all brought their best and brightest for a weekend of sporting competition.

Competition kicked off on Thursday afternoon and continued throughout Friday and Saturday, with a party being held each evening on campus. The sports on offer for participants and spectators included the traditional Basketball, Football, Swimming and Rugby, as well as sports such as Salsa, Pétanque, Chess and Ultimate Frisbee. With HEC Paris victories in the Football, mixed rowing and rock climbing, it’s safe to say that our players did not let us down, giving their all and working together to achieve results. Our team efforts were of course accompanied by the HEC Paris troupe of cheerleaders and our school mascot, the HEC Paris Zebra, who acted as the twelfth man out on the field.

Of course, the MBAT is not all about fun and games. The tournament itself constitutes a key part of our MBA curriculum as it embodies our ethos of “Leadership in Action.” The connection between team sports, leadership, teamwork and discipline does not need to be stressed, and it is easy to see how sports can prove a beneficial supplement to a Business Education. Providing the perfect opportunity to work in a team in competitive circumstances, the MBAT allows our students to collaborate with their peers on a real-life project, working towards a common goal.

The MBA Tournament is an entirely student-organized event; from logistics to marketing, our MBA students do it all. It’s a sometimes thankless task – with late nights, long hours and last-minute changes – but it’s one that is undoubtedly worth it in the end, as hours of preparation came together for 3 days of competition and fun. Huge thanks must go to all of the MBA Organizing Committee for their dedication and teamwork, as well as all of the volunteers who gave up their time to work at the welcome desk, behind the bar and in the cloakroom to make the MBAT run as smoothly as possible. Under the watchful eye of the MBAT Presidents, these students worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the participating schools had the best possible time at their MBAT; thank you and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

The winners of the 2014 MBA Tournament were London Business School: Congratulations! Oxford Said Business School and HEC Paris came 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

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