UNE student team performs well on world stage

Published 29 July 2015

Four agribusiness students from the University of New England represented Australia at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association World Conference student case study competition held in the USA on 15 June 2015.

For students Craig McGlashan, Elizabeth Star, Peggy Keats and Sarah Rohr the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to showcase their skills on a global stage and to interact with current and future agribusiness, academic and government leaders.

IFAMA students Craig McGlashan, Elizabeth Star, Peggy Keats and Sarah Rohr

IFAMA students Craig McGlashan, Elizabeth Star, Peggy Keats and Sarah Rohr

The team performed extremely well in the competition placing third in their heat against strong competition from South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and the United States.

Team co-advisor Dr Stuart Mounter said it was an incredible group effort by the students and their participation and performance in the conference enhanced UNE’s reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a leader in Agribusiness education.

“In attending the conference the students gained a deeper understanding of current issues impacting the global food chain including sustainability and food security, big data management and attracting talent into the food and agribusiness sector. It also afforded the students the opportunity to broaden their professional networks,” Dr Mounter said.

“The team also met with UNE alumnus Tim Leviny, Vice President of Global Dairy Ingredients at Land O’Lakes, Inc. – an agribusiness cooperative and industry leader in Dairy Foods, Agronomics and Livestock employing 10,000 people.”

Other highlights for the group included a private tour of Cargill’s North American Food Innovation Centre – the hub of Cargill’s global network of food and ingredient research and technology Centres – and meeting esteemed Emeritus Professor Ray A. Goldberg who developed the Agribusiness Program at Harvard Business School.

Annual participation in the event is a core activity in the UNE Business School’s growth strategy initiative for its Agribusiness and Agricultural & Resource Economics degrees and the international experience gained forms a key part of the School’s engagement with local, national and international agribusiness communities.

The UNE IFAMA team would like to acknowledge all the support they received from academic and professional staff, students and sponsors over the last six months.

To express interest in the 2016 UNE IFAMA Team or to find out more about the UNE Business School initiatives please contact Ms Jade Hauser at jhauser2@une.edu.au or 02 6773 2303.