Applications are closed for the 2016 World’s Challenge Challenge. Meet the team above who will compete in the first ever International World's Challenge Challenge May 29-June 2, 2017 at Western.
Visit the World's Challenge Challenge International site to see our participating partners and news about the Global Final.
Western University has held the World’s Challenge Challenge over the past three years during International Week. More than 30 teams compete annually by presenting their unique ideas to a panel of academic and community leaders. The winning team members each receive $1,000 to help fund an international learning experience.
The inspiration for the World's Challenge Challenge came together as we planned for Western's first International Week in 2013. How could we engage students in thinking more about global issues and taking productive steps towards finding solutions? We looked to several sources of inspiration for the answer. The first being His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, who wrote the following in 2012:
“It is perhaps the defining question of our time: How to tackle the complex, interrelated challenges of the 21st century in a coherent and effective way? The answer, I am convinced, lies in what I call the diplomacy of knowledge, defined as our ability and willingness to work together and share our learning across disciplines and borders. When people achieve the right mixture of creativity, communication and co-operation, remarkable things can happen.”
We also looked to our own University President, Amit Chakma, whose international experience has shaped his academic and administrative career. In a 2012 Convocation speech at the University of Waterloo, President Chakma said:
“If you embrace a global vision, your talents and creative minds hold the potential and the power to solve [enormous world challenges] and improve the human condition right across our global village.”
Students will form diverse teams of three and think of a problem that the world is facing and present their solutions to a panel of judges. The first prize will be a $1000 scholarship per team member to be used on Western-sanctioned international learning opportunity (study abroad, community engaged learning opportunity, exchange, international field courses, Alternative Spring Break, internships, field research, or other University-led experiences).
Complete an application online with some basic information about your team, topic and proposed solution. Then develop a 5-7 minute presentation that explains your solution to a global problem or issue of your choice with a 3-5 minute question and answer period to follow.
Teams will be asked to present in early November. Those selected to move on will present to a panel of academic and community leaders in front of a campus audience on November 24, 2016, during International Week.
Please review the scoring rubric to see what is expected of participating teams.
This competition is open to: undergraduate and graduate students at Western University and Affiliated University Colleges (Brescia, Huron, King's). Participating students may be full-time or part-time, and applications are welcome from every faculty. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. Only teams of three students will be accepted.
The World's Challenge Challenge is an exciting way to engage in discussion and debate about world issues, and to bring your own ideas to the table. Plus, the winning team will receive $1,000 each to participate in an international learning opportunity - broadening their international experience.
We are also pleased to announce that the winning team will also move on to compete in the first International World’s Challenge Challenge in May 2017, for an opportunity to win $30,000 ($10,000 per team member).
Western strives to bring together individuals with a broad world view, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. It starts with one idea, one discussion. Who knows where it may lead?
Early November 2016
Prepare and practice your presentation
November 8, 2016 - First Round of Presentations
Student teams selected as semi-finalists will present in front of a panel of professors and Western International staff.
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (timing may be revised based on applicant numbers)
Location: Western International, 2nd floor, International and Graduate Affairs Building
November 24, 2016 - Finals
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Von Kuster Hall, Don Wright Faculty of Music
(Music Building - MB)
The finals will be judged by a panel of Western academic and community leaders.
Ph: 519-661-2111 x89309