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Curtin student wins international PR challenge

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A Curtin University public relations student has taken out a major prize at an international communications challenge.

Jessica Rigali, a third-year student, was part of a team that took out the top prize at the 2012 Global Communication (GlobCom) Project held in Abu Dhabi last month.

GlobCom is an annual event that sees students from 11 universities across five continents work in virtual teams to prepare strategy proposals for real clients.

This year’s client was the Abu Dhabi Global Environment Data Initiative.

Miss Rigali said the experience had provided her with invaluable industry experience.

“Through GlobCom, I was offered the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in public relations from around the world,” she said.

“I now have close working relationships with my teammates from Italy, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Spain, Russia and South Africa.

“I also now have experience pitching concepts to high profile, international clients.”

A delegation of 10 Curtin University students travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete in this year’s finals.

Curtin Business School public relations lecturer Katharina Wolf accompanied the delegation of the students.

“Curtin University was the only Australian university invited to participate in the GlobCom Project,” Ms Wolf said.

“I am tremendously proud of the Curtin students who participated this year.

“All team members approached this challenge with great professionalism, creativity and comradeship.

“The students now have experience preparing large scale projects with teammates situated around the globe.

“This experience places all participating students in great stead for their entry into the workforce.”

Gracie Daniel, Public Relations, Curtin University
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