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Sydney targets STEM legacy with World Scholar’s Cup event

Sydney is hoping to give its STEM (science, tech, engineering and maths) subjects a boost with students when it hosts one of the international legs of the World Scholar’s Cup in August.

The ICC Sydney will stage one of six ‘World Scholar’s Cup – Global Rounds’, attracting more than 1,600 students from 82 countries to compete in individual and team challenges.

The winners will then face off at Yale University, USA, for the ‘Tournament of Champions’ in November, along with competitors from Beijing, The Hague, Manilla, Durban and Astana.

Students will experience scavenger hunts, keynote speeches, panel discussions, a Scholar’s Ball, and while competing in competitive events like the Debate Showcase and the Scholar’s Bowl.

This year’s competition aims to create international networks of thought leaders, challenge the next generation and champion education as a way to break down barriers.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MP said the World Scholars Cup was a wonderful way to motivate students of all backgrounds.

“This is a great event for students to demonstrate their existing strengths, but also discover new ones in science, technology, art, music and history,” she said.

“The World Scholar’s Cup encourages students to participate in authentic and challenging learning experiences to help them navigate complex issues.”

Geoff Donaghy

CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said: “In a first for the city and our venue, this event will see ICC Sydney transformed into an academic competition ground for students from across the world. Our venue will be the conduit for these young bright minds to take their ideas to a global stage and present to a global audience of their peers and judges.”

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney, said the event was worth AUSD4.4m in direct expenditure for the state of New South Wales. Adding: “Securing this for Sydney provides opportunities for young international scholars to experience Sydney and our thriving academic and business communities first hand. To attract the world’s top talent back here to further their careers in the future is an opportunity that is there for the taking.”

World Scholar’s Cup Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Daniel Berdichevsky, said: “Sydney inspires our students. The idea of Australia is at once welcoming and magical to them, a place on the other side of the world where they know the world can come together. We always call our program a learning journey, but we believe that for the students coming to Sydney it’ll be more than that. It’ll be a learning adventure.”