High praise for ACU business students

Friday, 19 July 2013

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team from Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Melbourne Campus has taken out second place at the recent national conference and championship.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to empower university students to make a difference in their communities.

GreenwoodDavid Greenwood, SIFE President and Melbourne ACU student

Participating university students create SIFE teams on campus, applying business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life for people in need.

Twenty-two SIFE teams from across Australia came together in Sydney to compete.

ACU’s team was awarded second place for projects including The Business Entrepreneurship Program, Evolve @ Typo, Culture Shock and the International Life Saving Redevelopment Program at Kuta Beach, Bali.

The judging panel of industry leaders and academics said they were impressed by the contribution that these projects had made to the community through empowerment and positive change - directly impacting the lives of 21,000 people at home and abroad.

“The award represents a remarkable achievement for ACU against many other high profile universities throughout Australia,” said Luigi Belmonte, Associate Lecturer in Business at ACU.

“It is a tribute to the tremendous work and commitment of the SIFE ACU students over the last 12 months.”

SIFE President and Bachelor of Arts/Commerce student David Greenwood said that as well as contributing to the community, ACU’s SIFE projects create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among participating students.