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The Engage Asia Challenge

Connecting rising stars with industry leaders for sustainability innovation in Asia

The future of the Asia-Pacific will shape the future of the world. Our new initiative, the Engage Asia Challenge, is designed to give students the networks, insights and opportunities to apply their innovation to solving grand challenges within the context of the Asia-Pacific region.

Meet our 2022 Engage Asia Challenge finalists

The University of Sydney Business School is committed to building partnerships with our closest neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region.

Reflecting the Business School's commitment to align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals through the Principles of Responsible Management Education, the Engage Asia Challenge will partner students with industry and policy leaders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to develop real solutions to the complex problems of the future.

Participants will have a real chance to make an impact as they apply their knowledge and skills, make valuable international connections and refine their projects in collaboration with peers, academic experts and industry leaders.


What is the Engage Asia Challenge?

The Engage Asia Challenge is a co-curricular initiative currently available to undergraduate Business School students from select units of study. With access to experienced mentors and advisors, students will build their expertise, make industry connections and accelerate sustainable impact in the world's economic powerhouse.

In teams, students will develop a solution to one of the grand challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.


A series of workshops will help students unlock the expertise of peers, industry experts and leading academics to deepen their understanding and refine their idea.


The challenge culminates in the Engage Asia symposium at which students will showcase their solution to a panel of industry judges and compete for $8,000 in prize money.

Industry advisors and strategic partners

We are delighted to have Asia Society Australia as industry partner in the Engage Asia Challenge for Semester 1, 2022. Their business and Asia expertise will help take student solutions to the next level of real-world impact.

Asia Society Australia is Australia's leading global think-tank and membership organisation dedicated to Asia, focussing on the interplay between business and policy.

We are delighted to have the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre as a strategic partner in the Engage Asia Challenge for Semester 1, 2022. Their Southeast Asia expertise is vital in supporting our students to address the region's 21st century challenges.

Why participate in the Engage Asia Challenge?

The Engage Asia Challenge is an opportunity to set yourself apart by expanding on the learning you gain in class. You will:

  • build valuable networks with peers, alumni, academic staff, industry leaders and policymakers
  • develop the mindset and toolkit to analyse and solve complex challenges
  • put the skills and knowledge you've gained in class into practice
  • gain cultural competency and insights into the world's most significant economic region
  • learn to lead responsibly and sustainably by engaging with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Engage Asia Challenge is an opportunity to inspire and to be inspired by tomorrow's business leaders while honing your own leadership and mentoring skills. You will:

  • advise undergraduate student teams working on solutions to grand challenges in the Asian context
  • network with other industry leaders and Asia experts
  • access some of the best emerging business and entrepreneurial talent

Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate students undertaking units of study in the Business School can participate in Engage Asia. If you're working on or due to work on an Asia-focused industry project or research paper.

The Engage Asia Challenge is a co-curricular program consisting of workshops and a symposium that may be attended face-to-face or online.

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