2019 APRU/New York Times Asia-Pacific Student Case Competition

Deadline: September 23, 2019.

The annual Asia-Pacific Case Competition hosted by APRU and The New York Times harnesses the creativity and intellectual tenacity of students from universities to address critical global issues, such as the digital economy, the future of work, environmental changes, and the Pacific Ocean.

Mortality attributed to household and ambient air pollution in the Asia-Pacific is higher than in the rest of the world, at 130 deaths per 100,000 population.

SDG 3 calls for dramatic and inspiring achievements, including ending the epidemics of infectious diseases, preventing premature mortality, reducing maternal and infant mortality, and achieving universal health coverage, all of which will require significantly greater investments in global health. The SDGs have the potential to catalyze further transformations in global health and there are endless strategies to achieve results.



  • Participants must be comprised of currently enrolled Asia-Pacific university students, as of November 30, 2019.

  • Submissions are invited from undergraduate and postgraduate students across all disciplines.

  • Teams may consist of individuals or groups of up to three students.

  • Students do not need to be enrolled at the same university to complete a group submission.

  • Students from all universities across the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to submit a case for the competition.


  • Winning entry published in The New York Times International, Asia Pacific edition.

  • The New York Times-APRU trophy.

  • Work to be showcased across various APRU platforms, including, events, publications, and website.

  • New York Times gifts.

  • 4-week digital subscription to The New York Times for all participants.



  • Minimum of three references, one of which must be taken from The New York Times. We encourage students to use their university libraries for references that contribute to the discussion of their solution.

  • Length: Maximum 800 words. Marks will be deducted for entries longer than 800 words.

  • Save file name in the following format:  <Names_University_Title>

  • Include the names of each team member, university affiliation, university ID number, and email address.

  • Work to be submitted as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF file to submission@apru.org.

  • Please include photos, illustrations and graphs within the document alongside any attachments.




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