APRU and The New York Times Asia-Pacific Case Competition

About the program

Deadline for submissions: September 28, 2019, 11:59 PM (GMT + 8)

The Asia-Pacific Case Competition is an online competition hosted by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the New York Times. The annual competition harnesses the creativity and intellectual tenacity of students from universities of the Asia Pacific to address critical global issues such as the digital economy, future of work, environmental changes and the Pacific Ocean. This case competition brings together students from the Asia-Pacific region and provides them with the opportunity to apply quantitative and qualitative analytical skills to real-life events, and enhance communications skills.

This year's topic is global health. Mortality attributed to household and ambient air pollution in the Asia-Pacific is higher than in the rest of the world, at 130 deaths per 100,000 population.

You are tasked with writing an 800-word policy brief to a leader in your economy (government, philanthropy, business, NGO, etc.) discussing the threats to health from air pollution. What are the solutions you promote? What are the resources necessary? What are the ways that this solution will make an impact? Using resources from The New York Times and beyond, describe the ways that air pollution threatens a healthy economy and promote a solution that would advance the third United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), focused exclusively on health: "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."

To learn more about this challenge visit here.


  • Participants must be enrolled at a university within the Asia-Pacific region at the time of submission. UBC is a participating university.
  • Submissions are welcome from undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Individual or team (up to 3 students) submissions are welcome 
  • Students do not need to be enrolled at the same university to complete a group submission.

For full case requirements visit here.

Awards and Program Costs

There is no cost to participate in the case competition.

The winning entry will be published in the New York Times International, Asia Pacific edition. Winners will receive a trophy and showcased across various APRU platforms, including, events, publications, and website.

How to apply

Student submissions must be a word document or PDF  and submitted by email to submission@apru.org. Students are encouraged to copy go.global@ubc.ca

Submission deadline: September 23, 2019, 11:59 PM (GMT + 8)

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