Students from Yale College, Wrexham, were crowned winners of the Fifth Global Enterprise Challenge International Final on Tuesday 20th June 2006.
Competing against 1000 other students from around 120 colleges representing 14 different countries, their winning challenge was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst strengthening the economy.
Yale College’s team of six students, studying for their BTEC National Diploma in Business - Danny Evans, Rachel Jones, Luke Price, Dave Howel, Stephen Chatham and Charlotte Allcroft - were joined by Thomas Cole and Rhys Jones from Coleg Gwent to represent Wales.
The Final was held at the Glasgow Science Centre. NASA astronaut Bill McArthur announced the 24-hour challenge via a live web cast. He said:
"Climate change remains the most serious challenge facing our planet today, and although countries commit to abstract goals it is often city mayors who make a commitment to action."
Yale team member Danny Evans said:
“The challenge was a tough but enjoyable one. We had to prepare an action plan for Wrexham to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the economy over the next ten years.”
Tutor Mike Campion was thrilled with his students, he said:
“To have won at such a high level is a fantastic achievement. The team had just twenty-four hours to prepare their action plan for presentation to judges Bonnie Dunbar, CEO Seattle Museum of Flight and former NASA Astronaut; George Abbey, former Director of Johnson Space Centre and Angela Mathis, international business consultant. They were judged on their creativity, marketing, costing and communication against 14 other teams from across the World!”
The Yale team’s success began in 2005 when they won both the regional and national finals of the Global Enterprise Challenge. They are thrilled to have now returned home with the international trophy.