April 7, 2021, by Lisa Chin

Call for submissions: U21/PwC Innovation Challenge

The U21/PwC Innovation Challenge is a world-class opportunity for students to showcase their skills to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and its client base, via a short 3-minute video clip response to a pre-set challenge.

Showcase your critical thinking and share your ideas with PwC and their clients to win a 7-day trip to Dubai and some exclusive world-class training and professional development opportunities.

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

Disclaimer: Travel will only take place when it is safe to do so and will be in accordance with global travel guidelines.

Challenge question

Based on the report and proposed call to action by the World Economic Forum and PwC, suggest an initiative that can be undertaken by governments and/or businesses and/or education providers that can help improve and maintain shared and sustainable prosperity.

The recent Upskilling for Shared Prosperity report by the World Economic Forum and PwC makes the case for providing employees with learning and development opportunities to expand their horizons while minimising skills gaps. The report highlights certain challenges, such as addressing the disconnect between current education programmes and the skills employers need today and in the future, but also presents the advantages of upskilling, including wider social benefits triggered by the development of specific skills that will prove beneficial for the future success of the global economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the global economic in ways we could not have imagined. It has further exposed the inadequacies of our current economic structures and highlights a growing mismatch between people’s current skills and those needed for the jobs at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The skills gap is widening and causing greater inequality in the workplace.

Deadline for submission: Friday 28 May 2021

For further information, please send an email to Dr Tissa Chandesa.

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