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30. March 10

Two students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) participated in last weekend's 10th annual Balkan Case Challenge in Sarajevo, BiH. Senior Darjan Divković and junior Nora Aziri represented AUBiH in the Business Case Challenge and Model European Council, respectively.

The Balkan Case Challenge is an international contest, as well as recruitment opportunity, focused on outstanding students from the countries of South-Eastern Europe. World University Service Austria, Austrian Development Cooperation and various other businesses and institutions sponsor the program.

Ms. Aziri, a charter member of the Model United Nations club at AUBiH, represented Bulgaria in the Model European Council simulation. Delegates were asked to consider the question „Lisbon Treaty – What Next?“ in their debate.

Ms. Aziri found the weekend to have been a valuable experience because it „allowed me to meet different people and acquire knowledge which I might not have received during my studies.“ Commenting on what she had learned during the weekend, she noted that „it provided me with a greater insight regarding competitiveness in a professional setting, as well as the different personal skills required for professional success.“

Mr. Divković, who competed in the Business Case portion of the competition, was tasked with proposing creative marketing strategies for a new product for Hypo Alpe Adria Bank. Following the competition, Mr. Divković stated that he would „recommend this competition to all students because it gives us the opportunity to show our strengths and apply our knowledge.“

As the first-place winner in the competition, Mr. Divković will have the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria in several months where he will compete against students from throughout South-Eastern Europe.

AUBiH would like to congratulate both of our students who participated in the 2010 Balkan Case Challenge on a job well done. We hope to have an even greater representation at next year's competition.