History of the competition
The Commerce and Economics Society of UNSW Australia initiated the Economics and Business Studies Competitions to assist the development of general and specific skills and knowledge related to business and economics. Specifically, the Competitions aim to:
- Stimulate the teaching and learning of Economics and Business Studies at the high school level
- Foster and enhance students' interests in the area of Economics and Business Studies
- Provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills by participating in a national competition
- Encourage awareness of current economics, business and political environment
- Recognise and reward excellence in the fields of Economics and Business Studies
The Economics Competition was launched in 1991 in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Since then, it has grown significantly to become one of the pre-eminent competitions of its kind globally. In 1996, due to overwhelming popularity from outside NSW, the competition expanded nationally, with students from all states and territories in Australia taking part.
With the support of the University of Auckland, in 1997, students from New Zealand were invited to participate in the Economics Competition for the first time, with their involvement growing considerably from those earlier years. The Competition also attracted students from Tonga, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. In 2006, more than 6,000 high school students in Australia and New Zealand took part in the Economics Competition.
Since its introduction in 1999, the Business Studies Competition (held in Australia only) continues to experience strong growth, with almost 8,000 students entering the Competition in 2006.
In 2017, we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Competitions. The Competitions Organising Committee from the UNSW Business School will continue the tradition of adding value to the education of Economics and Business Studies students. We look forward tosharing the success of the 2017 Australian Economics and Business Studies Competitions with you.
The coordination of the Competition is performed by a non-profit organisation within the UNSW Business School at UNSW Australia. One of its aims is to promote the study of Commerce and Economics in general by running projects such as these Competitions. The organisation and its activities are undertaken entirely by students on a voluntary basis with the generous support from our sponsor and UNSW Australia.
We would like to thank our key supporting university, UNSW Australia, for its continuing guidance and academic input into the question setting since the Competition's inception. We would also like to acknowledge our other supporting universities around Australia for their input into the questions as well as assistance in the coordination of our presentation evenings.
Finally, we would like to thank all those involved in the process of bringing the competitions to the students including the teachers who support the competition through their time and effort. We appreciate your fine work and contribution.
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