Developing employability. Inspiring enterprise.
Welcome to the UBC
Helping universities prepare students for career success
The Universities Business Challenge is the world’s leading online simulation-based inter-university competition designed to develop Undergraduate and Postgraduate employability and enterprise skills. Trusted and supported by leading universities and graduate employers over 35,000 students have benefitted from taking part since 1998.
UBC has partnered with universities for over 20 years to help students develop the employability skills employers are looking for with world-leading team-based events: UBC Undergraduate Challenge and UBC Global Masters Postgraduate Challenge
Inter-university business competitions designed to develop employability, inspire enterprise
Graduate employability in the spotlight
‘Tens of thousands of students in England are studying for degrees at institutions that could soon be punished for low quality and poor value for money, under plans drawn up by the higher education regulator.
The Office for Students has already published a consultation detailing its minimum acceptable outcomes for students, which sets thresholds for drop-out rates, course completion and graduate employment that universities and colleges will have to pass to avoid further investigation’.
UBC – fast-track employability skills development
1: UBC develops key skills
With the new emphasis on a ‘hybrid’ workplace, the UBC develops the key outcomes employers are looking for: remote and face-to-face collaboration between team members, the ability to make decisions by consensus and to present ideas in a persuasive way online, the ability to use a range of online tools.
2: Trusted experiential learning
3: Who can take part?
The UBC is an annual inter-university competition open to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students from any faculty, run in two separate competitions for teams of up to 5 students. The Undergraduate Challenge is run over 3 rounds starting in October. The Postgraduate Global Masters competition is run over 3 rounds starting in January.
4: Energising and engaging content
Teams will be running a series of simulated companies with carefully designed energising content and exercises not only to make maximum profits, build market share and satisfy customers but aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals: 12. Responsible Consumption and Production; 14. Life below water and 9. Industry Innovation & Infrastructure.
5: Fast-track student success
6: Firepower to land an Internship
7: Certificates of Participation
8: Make sure your university is registered
‘The UBC is a wonderful and highly beneficial way students can develop their employability and enterprise skills.
‘Students have the opportunity to showcase their leadership and analytical skills and problem-solving by working with peers to make operational and strategic decisions in a simulated workplace environment.
‘Engaging in the UBC really enables students to stand out to employers’.