World’s future scholars and leaders to battle it out in Sydney

05 Jun 2019

Future proofing Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) credentials, Sydney has secured a global stage of the competitive World Scholar’s Cup.

Taking over the world class International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 15 to 20 August 2019, the World Scholar’s Cup – Global Round will attract over 1,600 high school students from 82 countries who will debate, collaborate and compete in team and individual challenges. The winners from the global rounds then face off later in the year at Yale University, USA for the ‘Tournament of Champions’

Themed ‘A world on the Margins’, the 2019 global competition aims to create new international networks of thought leaders, to 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 is 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,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The World Scholar’s Cup encourages students to participate in authentic and challenging learning experiences and creates an environment that fosters creativity to help them navigate complex global issues.

“The fact that we can hold this event on our home ground is fantastic and I know the scholars will have a memorable time here.”

CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said the venue will once again provide a platform for innovation and collaboration, and for the first time, to some of the youngest and brightest students in the world.

“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,” Donaghy said.

CEO of strategic bidding organisation BESydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith said the event is worth A$4.4 million in direct expenditure for NSW. “Further, 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.”