UC San Diego 1st, UC Davis 2nd in Financial Times Biz Quiz

GSM Dean Says the Competition Encourages News Literacy

UC Davis Team "GUM" ponders a question in context
GSM students competing as Team GUM, from left, Gordon Chang, Umang Kulshrestha and Mika Shang, ponder a question in the UC Davis-Financial Times Biz Quiz last Saturday (Nov. 5). (UC Davis Graduate School of Management)

Fifteen graduate business students from four UC campuses put their brains and buzzer fingers to work last Saturday (Nov. 5) in the first-ever UC Davis-Financial Times Biz Quiz.

Held at the UC Davis Conference Center, the competition — thought to be the first of its kind for any graduate business school in the country — offered cash prizes for the teams with the best knowledge of business news.


After hundreds of questions — ranging from who recently acquired Twitter to which country has the most CEOs named Christian — the $3,000 first-place award went to the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego; second place and $2,000 went to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; and third place and $1,000 went to UCLA Anderson School of Management.  

Student prepares to answer a question at UC Davis Biz Quiz competition
Viraj Joshi took the top prize in the individual competition and also won first place with his UC San Diego team.

The four highest-scoring individuals, including UC Davis MBA students Lucas Haskins tied for second place and Gordon Chang in third place, also walked away with cash prizes.

The prizes totaled $8,000 for memorizing facts and understanding concepts revealed in recently published articles in the Financial Times. The media company provided subscriptions for the students and funded the prizes.

The competition comprised written tests over two days, Friday and Saturday, and the buzz-in, hourslong contest Saturday.

Dean Rao Unnava of the Graduate School of Management said he plans on making the competition for news knowledge an annual event.

News literacy

Unnava said it’s important for students to be familiar with and to read the news, often a vanishing aspect of everyday college life. Working with co-sponsor Financial Times, he hopes to reverse the trend and make students news-literate.

“Business addresses every aspect of society,” he said as the final round of competition concluded. “In business, you take care of people, you take care of the environment, you take care of the economy. ... You have to understand all these aspects of society, and it’s important to keep up on news of all kinds.”

Andrew Jack, global education editor at the FT, said: “We were delighted to partner with UC Davis for this pioneering Biz Quiz to demonstrate the value of news in informing the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs.

“Congratulations to all the students, coaches and schools that competed so hard and performed so well. We look forward to this fun event growing ever larger in the future.”

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  • Karen Nikos-Rose, News and Media Relations, 530-219-5472, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

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