December 30, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Call for participation: U21/PwC Innovation Challenge 2019/20

*Updated with additional information

Universitas 21 (U21) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) have come together to offer exclusive professional development opportunities for U21’s graduate students through the Innovation Challenge competition.


The competition aims to help postgraduate students:

  • develop their academic, critical thinking, presentation, and research communication skills

  • support them to distill and effectively explain their research or insight into contemporary, globally important work-related issues within a three-minute window, in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience

  • prepare for and produce a self-made 3-minute video clip addressing global work-related challenges

Challenge question

Showcase your critical thinking and share your ideas by responding to the following question:

How can universities help individuals to gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society, and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?


This competition is open to all current registered postgraduate students (taught and research). For PGRs, only those who is yet to enter their thesis pending period will be allowed to participate.


To help you get started, we are running one challenge awareness session on Thursday 9 January 2020, 10am – 11.30am at H1B13.

We are also running three feedback on created video sessions to provide advise and support for your submission entry. The sessions will be on Tuesday 14 January, Thursday 16 January and Tuesday 21 January 2020.


Submit a 3-minute talking-head style video providing your response to the challenge question, by Friday 24 January 2020 via Moodle.


UNM Round: Winner (RM1,500), 1st Runner Up (RM1,000) and 2nd Runner Up (RM500)

U21 Round: 7-day trip to Dubai, exclusive world-class training and an internship opportunity with PwC or one of their locally based clients.


Sign up for challenge awareness session

Sign up for feedback session

Read more about the rules and judging criteria

Get in touch

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