Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the background of CYBL judges?
To ensure the highest quality of education all of our judges and instructors are very experienced in business. We select our judges from a network of professionals to give our students exposure to people with a wide variety of real-world experience.
Most of our judges are graduates from top universities and have spent years working in a wide variety of business-related fields. Previous CYBL judges have been entrepreneurs, consultants, PHDs in economics, accountants, heads of embassy commerce departments, and CEOs and CTOs from startups in education, technology, and media.
Is CYBL just for students who want to study abroad?
CYBL can benefit all students. For those who want to study abroad, CYBL can improve one’s academic background, strengthen a résumé or college application, and familiarize students with topics taught at American business schools.
For those who want to study in China, CYBL can help students get exposure to an international business environment, meet new people, improve their English abilities, and cultivate an interest in business.
Why does CYBL use the Harvard case analysis method?
CYBL aims to teach business through immersing students in real-world problems, covering a variety of business topics such as accounting, finance, economics, and marketing.
CYBL challenges students by teaching critical thinking and creative problem solving skills using the case method pioneered by the Harvard Business School. The case method requires students to analyze a case problem, decide on a best-fit solution, and present the details of their decision to a judge. The cases students will analyze are based on real world situations, providing valuable experience and expanding students’ horizons.
How difficult is it to win awards in regional tournaments?
Each student who completes the competition will receive a certificate from CYBL. If a student participates in 100% of the modules their certificate will be upgraded to an honors certificate.
The top three performers in each module and the case analysis presentation will receive trophies. At larger tournaments, award certificates will go to top performers besides the top three.
How should students prepare for CYBL competitions?
You should attend a free training at your school. We offer trainings to any CYBL member school that requests one. If your school has not scheduled a training, you can use our website to schedule one.
If my English is not good, will it affect my tournament score?
CYBL tests a student's ability to do business analysis, work well as a team, and exhibit logical thinking. It is not a test of how well a student speaks English and students will not lose points for making English mistakes. Rather, students are scored based on the quality and depth of their recommendations.
While CYBL is conducted in English, we give students bilingual directions and have bilingual staff at every tournament. We understand students are always interested in improving their language skills and we recommend reading a news article and watching a short business or science-related news video every day.