22 décembre 2016

The Geneva Challenge is back for 2017 to tackle the challenges of employment

The Graduate Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals Contest under the patronage of Kofi Annan, whose objective is to stimulate interdisciplinary problem solving and analysis among master students around the world.

Graduate Institute professor Martina Viarengo, chair of the contest’s Academic Steering Committee, revealed the theme for 2017 would be The Challenges of Employment. “Employment is regarded as a tool to improve living standards and eradicate poverty, but the question is: what kind of employment will nurture sustainable growth and development? Understanding this challenge requires interdisciplinary solutions which cross traditional academic boundaries, and we invite graduate students from all academic programmes to submit their recommendations.”

The Geneva Challenge, inspired and generously supported by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, longtime partner and friend of the Graduate Institute, is open to teams of between 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world. In 2016 the theme was The Challenges of Urbanisation, and 114 teams submitted project entries with 60% of participants coming from developing country universities. The winning team of students from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and London School of Economics and Political Science proposed a solution for urban waste management, using Bogota as a case study.

The three finalist teams for the 2017 Geneva Challenge will be invited to the Graduate Institute to present and defend their proposals. The winners will receive a monetary prize of CHF 10,000, with a second prize of CHF 5,000 and third prize CHF 2,500.

Are you up to the challenge? Visit The Geneva Challenge website to find out more.