Western International

World's Challenge Challenge

three winning students from World's Challenge Challenge competitions

Click the image above to read more about the first, second and third place teams' solutions

application button The World's Challenge Challenge is complete for 2014 but Western International invites students to start thinking about their submissions for the World’s Challenge Challenge during International Week 2015!


About the Event

This challenge stems from President Amit Chakma's Honorary Doctorate address University of Waterloo (2010) in which he stated:

President Amit Chakma“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 an international learning opportunity (study abroad, service learning, exchange or other experiences).

What's Involved?

Complete an application online with some basic information about your team and topic. 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 Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Janice Deakin, and a panel of academic leaders in front of a campus audience on November 11, 2014, during International Week.

Who can participate?

This competition is open to all Western students: undergraduate and graduate, from any faculty, full and part-time, and includes students from Affiliate University Colleges. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. Only teams of three students will be accepted.

Why join the Challenge?

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.

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?

2013 Winning Teams

Read about last year's winning teams and their presentations.


October 10, 2014 - Application Deadline
Application for this event is at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time - EST)

October 2014
Prepare and practice your presentation

November 4, 2014 - 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. - 6:30 p.m. (timing may be revised based on applicant numbers)
Locations: to be announced

November 11, 2014 - Finals
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mustang Lounge

The finals will be judged by Dr. Janice Deakin and a panel of Western academic and community leaders. 

Need More Information?

Please contact

Sara Ferwati
Western International
Email: sferwati@uwo.ca
Ph: 519-661-2111 x89309