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Coca-Cola ups CSR, sponsors overseas training for students on new business solutions

Leading global soft drinks manufacturer, Coca-Cola has sponsored four Nigerian students abroad for an intensive training on innovative strategic business solutions.

Coming under the initiative, known as the Global Management Challenge (GMC), through which the non-alcoholic beverage firm trains 80 students yearly, the company said the idea was to deliver quality education and exposure to undergraduates and other professionals who desire to build a career in business management.

The GMC competition, which was held at the University of Lagos, had Adeniyi Talabi, Oyekan Idris, Olubodun Sulaiman and Abdullahi Salimat selected among several others who participated and were sponsored to Dubai for a training to reinforce their hands-on knowledge of business management in a corporate world.

Explaining more, the Director of Human Resources, Coca-Cola West Africa, Enitan Oyenuga highlighted the company’s commitment to quality education through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) said: “At Coca-Cola, we believe that the right education has the potential to impact every aspect of life, so education remains central to our CSR interventions.

The official added that “This is why we have sent the best four students from the Global Management Challenge (GMC) training, to the finals of the competition in Dubai to expand their horizons and give them further exposure to the cutting-edge technology driving the corporate world.”Sharing their experiences, the elated students who commended Coca-Cola for giving them the opportunity affirmed that they are now being equipped with the requisite skills to perform better in the planning and implementation of business decisions in the corporate world, stressing how the GMC has impacted their career.

According to one of the beneficiaries, Adeniyi Talabi, the GMC bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical solutions in business, saying, “With the GMC, students are equipped with the right knowledge to solve practical problems in the corporate world. A perfect example is the problem of minimizing cost in business and increasing revenue. This will enable the reduction of the operational costs in the business.”

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