IMA® Sees Major International Response for the 2021 Student Case Competition


Middle East: IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) today announced that it received a tremendous response to the call for entries for its 10th annual Student Case Competition. The competition announced last year gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the Grand Finals which will see winning teams from around the world go head to head to win the global first place title along with an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai.

In the Middle East, IMA® received 37 submissions from 29 different universities from UAE, KSA,  Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Oman – eight of which are participating in the competition for the first time. 

Emphasizing the importance of the annual competition, Hanadi Khalife, senior director of MEA & India operations at IMA®, said, “Every year, the IMA® Student Case Competition provides an opportunity for students to think strategically as they interpret, analyse, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate a solution to a real-life business case problem. Students around the world see this as an opportunity to make their mark and showcase their business acumen. This year’s competition comes in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that saw global lockdowns and unprecedented economic turmoil. Given that, the overwhelming response we have seen for the competition is truly gratifying. The main aim of this programme is to empower future finance and accounting professionals to better adapt to a changing business environment by bridging the skills gap through every touchpoint.”

Over the years, IMA® has challenged thousands of students from some of the top universities around the world and found a growing appetite amongst students looking to demonstrate their capabilities to take on big business problems. For its 10th year, IMA® invited eligible students from the region to solve a business case titled: “Should Star Textiles Cut Out Intermediaries?”

The winning teams will get to participate in the Team Mentorship Program with one of IMA’s local chapters. Each team member securing first, second and third positions will be awarded gift vouchers and the winning team members will also get the opportunity to engage in a face-to-face or virtual conversation with Jeff Thomson, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA president and CEO.

Titled “Ace the Case – Prove Your Business Acumen” – the IMA® student case competition has received major praise by top multinationals in the region such as Hock International and IMA’s Riyadh Chapter who have come forward to support students in their journey, as Platinum and Gold sponsors respectively. 


IMA®, named the 2017 and 2018 Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 125,000 members in 150 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/India.