Success for the Swedish Championship in Economics

Published: 15 May 2017

On Saturday the final of the Swedish Championship in Economics 2017 were held at Kulturens hus in Luleå. 22 universities competed for the title "Swedish Champion in Economy". Winner became Linköping University. Luleå University of Technology was the organiser - and the championship became a success.

– Everything has gone better than planned. The atmosphere among the participants has been good and our project group has received a lot of positive comments about everything from food to lectures. The final was grand and something out of the ordinary. I think we have set the bar higher for the competitions ahead, says Isabelle Jönsson, Project Manager for the Swedish Championship in Economics  and student at the program in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

Attracted large audience

Every university was represented in the semi-finals on Friday by a team of three people, and the School of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Stockholm School of Economics, Örebro University and Linköping University continued to the final on Saturday. The final was open to the public and attracted an audience of almost 300 people. It became an exciting afternoon where the participants' financial skills were really put to the test. In front of the audience they answered questions based on theories and skills included in the courses on the country's  program in Economics. Winners became Linköping University and  besides a walking trophy they also got 45,000 SEK. 

- It feels great! It was a difficult competition but our strength in the team is that we have a dialogue and complement each other. The competition was fun and winning shows that we have received something from our education. It is something to write on our resume, says Nils Schönning, student at the Business and Economics program at Linköping University, who also won the victory last year.

More than just a contest

The Swedish Championship in Economics has been around for thirty years and the theme this year was "Nurture today. Conquer Tomorrow ". In addition to the final in Kulturens hus on Saturday, the participants were invited to a program with interesting lecturers such as Per Holknekt, entrepreneur and founder of the clothing company Odd Molly, and the former LTU-student Catrin Fransson, CEO of AB Svensk Exportkredit and appointed one of Sweden's most powerful women in the weekly magazine Veckans Affärer.

– The lecturers have contributed to the atmosphere of the competition. The participants have been alert, helpful and in a good mood despite little sleep and an intense program, says Dennis Gustafsson, Project Manager for the Swedish Championship in Economics  and student at the program in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

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