APRU and New York Times Asia Pacific Case Competition

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The APRU-NYT Asia-Pacific Case Competition 2017


The Future of The Pacific Ocean


The team must be comprised of currently enrolled Asia-Pacific university students (as of May 2017). Students of all disciplines and stages of their studies are welcome including undergraduate and postgraduate students. 



You are a policy adviser - (s)he may be at national or city level - to a respected political leader who can influence public opinion and change policy. In 800 words, provide her/him with a policy brief on climate change and the future of the Pacific Ocean, which will be the ‘wake-up call’ described in the article. Include specific recommendations for your geographical location, supported by evidence, on what should be done and by whom.




How could extreme weather conditions affect natural or biological ecosystems, economic conditions, and governance structure on a society? What could be done to mitigate any of the negative effects, both on an international collaboration aspect and a national policy level? What might be the key parameters that a government needs to consider before implementing any remedies?




Maximum two images may be included with the submission (JPEG or PNG format).




  • Original photos
  • Length: Maximum 800 words, single spaced
  • Save file name in the following format: 

     < Names_Universityname_APRUNYT2017 >

  • Submit your work as PDF file




  • Accuracy (20%): on the fact/data used or cited to support the arguments
  • Relevance (30%): on the use of theories, concepts, external data or research applied to support the arguments
  • Clarity (20%): of the presentation and organization of ideas, reasons, and actions
  • Originality (30%): of actions, solutions, and decisions proposed



  • Upon successful participation, entrants will receive a free 4-week subscription to New York Times. Please request this angel.leung@nytimes.com


  • Article will be published in the International Edition of the New York Times
  • Vouchers with a total value of US$500
  • NYT Trophy + Certificate


  • Article will be published in the International Edition of the New York Times
  • Vouchers with a total value of US$300
  • NYT Trophy + Certificate

 Funding Available



The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of 45 leading research universities from 17 APEC economies. It was established in 1997 by the presidents of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. ​ Seeing the rapid economic integration of the Asia-Pacifi...