Asia-Pacific Case Competition

The APRU–New York Times Asia-Pacific Case Competition 2017



The inaugural APRU-NYT Case Competition brought together the best minds in the Asia-Pacific region to solve a pressing issue: The Future of the Pacific Ocean.

An impressive number of applications were received from 31 universities and their students from 12 countries in the Americas, Asia, and Australasia. The entries were judged by senior university leaders and staff from The New York Times’ award-winning newsroom. 

The APRU Chair, Professor Gene Block, Chancellor of UCLA, announced the results of the competition at the APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting in Sydney. A booklet of the top 10 case submissions was published in July 2017.

Winners & Top 10 Submissions

The winners of the 2017 competition are Katherine Crosman, Leah Johnson, Eleni Petrou and Hillary Scannell, from The University of Washington in Seattle. The 1st Runner Up is Stephanie Chee from the Yale-NUS College while the 2nd Runner Up is Nicole Lim from the National University of Singapore.  Coming from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, they demonstrate the importance of this issue to diverse communities linked by this great ocean.

The prize for the winners and the 1st Runner Up is US$500 and US$300 in vouchers respectively and publication of the case as an article in the international edition of The New York Times. The Top 10 Case Submissions were published in July 2017.


NYT2017 UW

Katherine Crosman, Leah Johnson, Eleni Petrou and Hillary Scannell 
University of Washington

1st Runner Up:


Stephanie Chee
Yale-NUS College

2nd Runner Up:


Nicole Lim
National University of Singapore

Shortlisted Teams:

Carlos Arcenas and Benjo Buensuceso
Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines

Rebecca Isjwara and Joo Eun Kim
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

David Lloyd Hare
The University of Auckland

James Halpin
The University of Auckland

Eugenio Ascanio Carrera
University of California, San Diego

Michael Dello-Iacovo
UNSW Sydney

Guadalupe Lazaro, Feroz Khan, Kaushik Swaminathan and Peter Lewis
Yale-NUS College

About the Competition


This competition focuses on raising awareness of climate change and the future of the Pacific Ocean. Students are expected to understand the vast complexity of the Pacific Ocean and to consider how climate change in the Pacific may impact the society. 


The Pacific Ocean Becomes Caldron, By JOHN SCHWARTZ, NOV. 2,2015


800 words policy brief on climate change and the future of the Pacific Ocean which will be the 'wake-up call' described in the article. 

Download The Top 10 Submissions for the Judging Criteria