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NSYSU team win Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Online & Global Social Innovation Idea Competition

The international team of NSYSU College of Management – GHRM students Sam Lee from Vietnam and Leanne Shih from Taiwan, and IBMBA students Jasmine Chiang from Taiwan, Keval Mehta from Indonesia won the first prize in this year’s Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Online & Global Social Innovation Idea Competition. In this first-ever online edition of the Competition, 40 teams from 17 countries of the Asia-Pacific region strived to develop projects relating to one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address the most pressing issues faced by communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greennovation – the NSYSU team, decided to concentrate on the following SDGs: 'Decent Work and Economic Growth', 'Sustainable Cities and Communities,' 'Responsible Consumption and Production', and 'Climate Action', and they came up with innovative ideas on eco-friendly products as a solution to the problem of excessive use of plastic shopping bags; their project also included the promotion of localized production to create employment opportunities and lessen the dependence on import. Their innovative idea brought them the first prize for their ideation in the final pitching stage of the competition.

The program lasted a month and included various preparatory activities to equip participants with skills in problem analysis, solution identification, and project development, and was ended with the Competition. The group members appreciated the competition as an enriching experience that let them develop their skills, learn to do an online presentation, and think more positively. They said that they hope to bring their project to fruition and contribute to the SDGs.

The Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Online & Global Social Innovation Idea Competition was co-organized by United Nations Development Programme and Asian Development Bank. Asia Pacific Youth Exchange is an international program that aims at strengthening global and regional partnerships, and actively engaging youth in ideating and leading Sustainable Development Goals initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 2,000 young people from over 48 countries have participated in the program since its foundation in 2016.
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