UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business Wins National Government Case Challenge and Promotes Transparency and Accountability

University of Houston scholars win first place in national government finance competition

Recently, a team of three students from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business won a national government case challenge. The team, consisting of You-Fan Chai, Manying Huang, and Alaina Rhoades, worked tirelessly to analyze data for the city of Denver, Colorado and ultimately developed a “Citizen-Centric Report.” The competition was hosted by the National Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and provided a valuable learning experience for the students.

Chai emphasized the importance of participating in competitions like this not just for the prize but for personal development through the learning experience. Utilizing tools like Canva and CapCut, the team worked to make their report, presentation, and video visually appealing. Under the guidance of UH Mānoa School of Accountancy Professor Jian Zhou, the team excelled in the competition.

The competition highlighted the significance of government accountability and transparency as it showcased how data can be transformed into information for citizens. It also promoted careers in government. Judges evaluated submissions and finalists presented their findings in a team-created video of a mock government meeting. This victory marks the third win in four years for a UH Mānoa team at either the graduate or undergraduate level, demonstrating the school’s excellence in case competitions. Viewers can view

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