Oliver Maina Muchiri CNBC Africa Closing Bell Interview

Kenya has once again placed itself on the map when five (5) students all from Kenyatta University represented Kenya at the Global Management Challenge (GMC) International Finals 2016 last month. Silas Kipkoech, Maureen Wangari Mwambi, Moses Wathuta Githinji, Julia Wanjiku and Oliver Maina Muchiri of Team Gladiators emerged 8th place out of the 25 international teams that participated in Macau, China.

See photos of this year’s International Finals in Macau

This cheers-worth event brought such pride and joy to Kenya that the rest of Africa couldn’t help but heap accolades at the team and the rest of GMC Kenya. Team Leader of Team Gladiators’ Oliver Maina Muchiri shared how the challenge has helped bridge the management skills gap between classrooms and boardrooms through a live interview with CNBC Africa’s Closing Bell last May 3.

The rest of Africa tuned in as CNBC Africa’s Closing Bell made Oliver recount how much of an impact the GMC International Finals has had on everyone’s lives.

“GMC is really huge especially to students who happened to have the chance to have the ability to share what they learned,” Oliver said. “I believe that class doesn’t give us the real skills. That is why competitions like the Global Management Challenge come in to bridge this skills gap.”

When asked what is going to be next of GMCK, Oliver expressed his enthusiasm on how he looks forward to making GMC a big thing in Kenya. “We are looking into marketing it so more students can participate! The connections — we look forward to utilising them in the future.”

The intense two-day International Finals held in Macau had finalists given companies to manage, grow, profit and apply the skills they have learned during the local competitions held in their respective country. Being the largest Strategy and Management Competition in the world, GMC has more than 500 000 university students and company managers participating in this event throughout the world.

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