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U21/PwC Innovation Challenge 2021

Universitas 21 and PwC, two globally-focused organisations, have come together to offer exclusive professional development opportunities for U21’s graduate students through the Innovation Challenge competition.

The competition supports and prepares U21 students for the world of work by allowing them to consider and respond to real workplace challenges, overseen by PwC and judges from their client companies. The format of the competition is designed to help students develop presentation and communication skills as well as fostering critical thinking and expertise.

The Challenge

We invite any registered graduate student from U21 member universities to submit a 3-minute response via video to the following challenge:

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 economy 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.

Based on the report and proposed call to action, 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.


Three first prize winners will be selected; they will be awarded with a week-long expenses-paid trip to Dubai, courtesy of PwC.
Note that travel will only take place when it is safe to do so and will be in accordance with global travel guidelines. Alternatively, in discussion with the winner(s), PwC will consider hosting the winner(s) at another PwC office locally (but this cannot be guaranteed).

There will be 7 runners up who will receive career development coaching sessions, courtesy of the PwC Academy.

All approved entrants into the U21 final will receive exclusive access to online courses provided by the PwC Academy to support workplace skills development.

A non-credited commendation certificate will be given by U21/PwC to each student who enters the competition.

Why take part?

The challenge offers students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to ‘real-world’ situations and reflect on their own experiences via a short three-minute video. The videos are judged by PwC and their clients, who are leaders in graduate career development. Winners will also gain the opportunity to experience a cultural exchange within a business setting, by taking part in a 7 day trip to Dubai.

How to take part

You will need to submit a 3-minute video via your university in response to the challenge outlined above. Prospective entrants can refer to the ‘Information for Students’ section for further details on how to enter and prepare for the competition.


  • Challenge announced on website: Monday 15 February 2021
  • Deadline for registration (universities): Friday 12 March 2021
  • Deadline for video submissions: Friday 2 July 2021
  • Winners to be announced: Week commencing 6 September 2021

For details visit:

To register your interest, email

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Other Opportunities

Date: Monday, 15 February 2021 – Friday, 2 July 2021

Industries: Others

Faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Computing, NUS Business School, School of Design and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science

Target Audience: All postgraduate students

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