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Rotman problem solving challenge offers full scholarship to MBA applicants

March 11, 2013

TORONTO, ON – A unique new com­pe­ti­tion has been launched by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment which pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty for future Full Time MBA stu­dents to expe­ri­ence the School’s mod­el based approach to prob­lem solv­ing and use Inte­gra­tive Think­ing to take a deep dive into a messy, unstruc­tured real-world prob­lem.

The win­ner of the Rot­man Prob­lem Solv­ing Chal­lenge will take home the grand prize of full tuition schol­ar­ship for the Rot­man Full Time MBA pro­gram, val­ued at $87,500. The sec­ond place can­di­date will be award­ed a $40,000 schol­ar­ship, and the third place can­di­date $15,000 with addi­tion­al schol­ar­ship mon­ey award­ed to oth­er par­tic­i­pants based on indi­vid­ual and team achieve­ment.

“The Chal­lenge allows par­tic­i­pants to expe­ri­ence Rotman’s approach to devel­op­ing high val­ue deci­sion mak­ers and prob­lem-solvers,” says Niki da Sil­va, Direc­tor, Recruit­ment & Admis­sions, Rot­man Full Time MBA. “An added bonus is that par­tic­i­pants attend­ing the Challenge’s final week­end will con­nect with their poten­tial future class­mates.”

In the first round all par­tic­i­pants will be asked to pro­vide a writ­ten sub­mis­sion to a prob­lem posed to them in the reg­is­tra­tion pack­age. The top fifty respons­es will be invit­ed to trav­el to the Rot­man School to present their sub­mis­sions at the Prob­lem Solv­ing Chal­lenge Week­end on April 12 & 13. In the final round of the Chal­lenge, the top 12 par­tic­i­pants will be put into groups of four to present their deci­sion as a new­ly formed “exec­u­tive team.”

In order to be eli­gi­ble for the com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­i­pants must be accept­ed to the 2013 intake of the Rot­man Full-Time MBA Pro­gram. Those who are inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing who have not yet sub­mit­ted appli­ca­tions to Rot­man are required to ver­i­fy their eli­gi­bil­i­ty by pro­vid­ing a résumé and a GMAT score along with their ini­tial sub­mis­sion for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­plete details, includ­ing reg­is­tra­tion are online.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is redesign­ing busi­ness edu­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tu­ry with a cur­ricu­lum based on Inte­gra­tive Think­ing. Locat­ed in the world’s most diverse city, the Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables the design of cre­ative busi­ness solu­tions.  The School is cur­rent­ly rais­ing $200 mil­lion to ensure Cana­da has the world-class busi­ness school it deserves. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Ken McGuf­fin
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Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
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