The Graduate Institute is delighted to launch the third edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals Contest, under the patronage of Kofi Annan. The objective of the contest is to stimulate proactive interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis amongst master students around the world.
The 2016 edition's topic will be The Challenges of Urbanisation. Managing urban growth has become one of the most important challenges of the 21stcentury. In the world today, what kind of urbanisation will nurture sustainable growth and development? As the key to this challenge is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting graduate students from all academic programmes to provide helpful strategic recommendations.
Last year, almost 450 graduate students in 135 teams registered to take part in the competition, with over 60% of participants coming from a university in a developing country. The topic was Return Migration and Socio-Economic Development. Kofi Annan, high patron of the contest, presented the prizes at a ceremony at Maison de la paix in October. The winner was a team of students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, who presented a creative proposal on assisting the reintegration of Philippine return migrants through mobile technology. Second place was awarded to a team from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the School of Architecture, UK. A team from Columbia University, US, came third.
This year, the three finalist teams of the 2016 Geneva Challenge will be invited to the Graduate Institute to present and defend their proposals, aiming to win one of three prizes. The winning project will receive CHF 10,000. The second prize will be CHF 5,000, and the third prize CHF 2,500.
The Challenge is inspired and generously supported by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, long-standing partner and friend of the Graduate Institute.