AdMU-UP team entry among APRU-NYT competition top ten

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office

On June 26, at the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) 21st Annual Presidents’ Meeting held in Sydney, Australia, APRU Chair and Chancellor Gene Bloc of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announced the winners of and short-listed competitors in the inaugural APRU-New York Times Asia-Pacific Case Competition 2017. The competition focused on raising awareness of climate change and the future of the Pacific Ocean. It attracted entries from students of 31 universities in 12 economies in the Americas, Asia, and Australasia.

The team entry submitted by Carlos Arcenas from the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and Benjo Buensuceso from the University of the Philippines (UP) was among the top ten entries judged by senior APRU leaders and staff members from The New York Times. The team from the University of Washington won the top prize, while students from the Yale-NUS College and the National University of Singapore (NUS) won the second and the third place, respectively. Entries from students from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Auckland, University of California (UC San Diego) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) also made it to the competition’s top ten.

Photo grabbed from APRU winners’ announcement.

The top 10 case submissions will be published and reports made available for download next month.

APRU was established in 1997 as a premier alliance of research universities to serve as an advisory body to international organisations, governments and business on the development of science and innovation, as well as on the broader development of higher education. APRU aims to contribute to the economic, scientific and cultural advancement of Pacific Rim economies. UP is the only Philippine university in the APRU, where membership is based on the nomination by and votes of member universities.

As the voice of knowledge and innovation in the Pacific, APRU pledges to continue using its unique geographical reach to bring together the region’s leaders and brightest minds to address the future of the world’s greatest ocean. (Source: