What is COVID-19 Students’ Policy Challenge?
The COVID-19 Policy Challenge is a students’ contest dedicated to designing policy proposals that aim to solve today's most pressing challenges.
Why should students participate in this contest?
- having an opportunity to win online courses. First-place winners will receive a voucher of GBP 1,500 for courses at universities in the United Kingdom, while second place winners will receive voucher of GBP 1,000
- having your proposal published in the British Council online collection of all finalists’ policy briefs
- networking with other students with diverse academic backgrounds
- developing critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
What are the challenge prompts?
The challenge prompts are overarching thematic areas among which participants have picked the specific problem at local or national level, or in universities and hospitals, and tried to solve it through their policy proposals. The challenge prompts for this contest are as follows:
Finalists chosen for the Grand finale of the Students’ Challenge Competition
After thorough selection process carried out by our jury, fifteen students’ policy proposals have made it to the finals of the Students’ Challenge Competition.
By using and promoting science and scientific evidence, students across Western Balkan countries developed policies that contribute to resilience of their states, communities and their fellow citizens, to the harmful effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Students’ task was to pick the specific problem at local or national level, or in universities and hospitals, and try to solve it through their policy, in two thematic areas – strengthening social justice and protecting the most vulnerable; and build resilience to climate change.
Challenging problems – creative solutions
Undergraduate and graduate students from different science fields – law, economics, business, education, language, psychology and medicine, did their best to address challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic by proposing specific actions and measures that can be implemented in order to deal with this issue.
Their policy proposals contribute to environment, health, education, gender equality, greener economy, minorities and at the same time foster solidarity and provide tools that would be helpful in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.
The finalists will present their policies at the final events that will be organized online in Montenegro – 28 January, Albania – 2 February, Serbia – 4 February and North Macedonia – 9 February.
First-place winners will receive a voucher of GBP 1,500 for courses at universities in the United Kingdom, while second place winners will receive voucher of GBP 1,000. Besides this, the proposals will be published in the British Council online collection of all finalists’ policy briefs.