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Student Competition 2020 winners

In 2020, WTUN launched its first Student Competition open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students from our member universities.

The theme was “Digital Creativity” and students were asked to use Digital Creativity in some way to try and address one of the WTUN’s chosen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Clean Water and Sanitation
  2. Good Health and Wellbeing
  3. Sustainable Cities and Communities

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WTUN were seeking new and innovative solutions to address the topics and invited teams of up to 4 students to come up with proposal that had to include an element of Public Engagement. Students were encouraged to focus not only on technical aspects, but also on the social, economic and regional challenges of addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.

The students delivered in full force! We received a total of 38 proposals from 9 different institutions. Of those; 8 focused on Clean Water and Sanitation, 12 focused on Good Health and Wellbeing and 18 on Sustainable Cities and Communities. There was a good Geographical spread with proposals from Suranaree University of Technology Thailand, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte Brazil, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, FH Oberösterreich University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, National Taiwan University Science and Technology, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science India, University of Bradford UK, Ahlia University Kingdom of Bahrain, Shibaura Institute of Technology Japan.

Due to the high quality of submissions, the assessment panel introduced a second round of assessment where each top that had scored in the top 10 were asked to produce a short video further showcasing their projects and giving them the opportunity to use additional digital creativity.

The assessment panel was thoroughly impressed by the student videos and the final results were very close.

The winner

We are very happy to announce that the winner of the first WTUN Student Competition is WSC061 from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia! Congratulations!

Students: Tay Zhi Xin, Tay Zhi Hui, Liew Wen Ching and Yap Zhen Shyong

In place of the Congress trip, these students were awarded a prize of £2000 and they will join us to present their winning idea at our virtual WTUC 2020.


Second place

In second place was a fantastic entry from team WSC040 from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte! Well done!

Students: Rafaella Rodrigues Ernesto, Lucas Macedo da Cruz, Luis Felipe da Costa Santos and Luiz Felipe Pereira de Medeiros Nóbrega

For coming second, these students were awarded a prize of £1000 and the opportunity to present at WTUC 2020.


Third place

To round out our top teams, well done to WSC012 for placing third! This team from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia are a great way to end our prize winners for this year.

Students: Mohd Radhie Bin Mohd Salleh, Mohamad Jahidi Bin Osman, Fateen Nabilla Binti Rasli and Engku Azrul Bin Engku Yahaya.

Well done – these students were awarded £500 and an opportunity to present at WTUC 2020.


The remainder of our top 10 entries

A huge congratulations to all of our winners but also to all of our entrants who did a great job. We wish you all the best and hope to see you entering future WTUN competitions and activities.

Please see below for the remainder of our top 10 entries who all submitted innovative ideas to combat world issues.


Team WSC033 – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Students: Mayra Luiza de Moura Cardoso, Dalton de Carvalho Pereira Filho, Mariana Almeida Gurgel de Azevedo and Thaiane Maria Eufrásio de Alencar

Team WSC050 – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Students: Anderson Santos de Lima Silva, Angelina Maria Lima de Araújo, Leandro Constantino da Silva and Lorena Antunes da Silva

Team WSC047 – University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Students: Ivan Ortiz Rafael, Daniela Gonzalez, Andres Davila and Maria Bustamente

Team WSC041 – University of Bradford

Students: Mira Kazimova, Haroon Khalid, Rachel Brooks and Gaia Klotz

Team WSC023 – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Students: João Octávio Sales Passos, Marcelo Victor dos Santos Alves, João Vitor Medeiros Mariz and Antônio Felipe Lopes Cavalcante

Team WSC043 – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Students: Marcos Antonio Cavalcanti Junior, Daniel Maciel de Leiros Ferreira, Felipe Lopes Fernandes and Louis Arthur Machado Bezerra do Nascimento

Team WSC048 Safe Drinking Water for All – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

Students: Jhonathan Lima de Souza, Lamara Maciel dos Santos and Fabíola Beserra dos Santos

Again, a huge well done to all our teams!

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