WC2 Undergraduate Challenge 2020

The WC2 Network is happy to welcome you to our annual challenge, Imagining Urban Futures in a Post Covid world.

The WC2 Network is inviting undergraduate students from participating universities to join an interdisciplinary, collaborative and virtual project. Students will have the opportunity to expand their networks, gain skills in online intercultural collaboration and explore the topic of a post-COVID future from multiple thematic lenses.

Cross-university teams will be formed, which will then dig deeper into imagining urban futures in a thematic area. You will be invited to consider a future that accounts for the global and local effects of not only the pandemic, but also the multiple global changes and social movements that are shifting the public imagination (including, for example, movements for action on climate change, Black liberation, Indigenous sovereignty and others). All participants will be enrolled in a microcredential from RMIT and will also have the opportunity to present virtually at next year’s WC2 conference which will be hosted by RMIT in Melbourne in Summer 2021.


  • All participating students will have the opportunity to enroll in RMIT’s Working with Global Clients Online microcredential.
  • The top ranked project submissions will be provided with the opportunity to present virtually at next year’s WC2 conference.
  • You will have access to cultural workshops run by Common Purpose.
  • You will grow your global network, working with students from across the world including Australia, Vietnam, Singapore, UK, U.S, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Russia.
  • You will gain career-ready skills in virtual collaboration and intercultural communication.


Students from participating universities are eligible to register. Current confirmed participating universities include:

  • RMIT University - Campuses in Australia, Vietnam and Singapore

  • City, University of London - United Kingdom

  • Ryerson University - Canada

  • City University of New York-USA

  • University of São Paulo (USP) - Brazil

  • Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) - Mexico

  • Technische Universität Berlin-Germany

  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University - Russia

There will be an introductory and a reflective workshop run by Common Purpose. an organisation with extensive experience in leadership development. The workshop will focus on Working in Diverse Teams and Intercultural Communication.

It's RMIT’s Working with Global Clients Online microcredential. You will be invited to opt in to access it at the outset and we will ask you for some basic details in order to enroll.

No, this is not a credit bearing programme and will not contribute to your final degree at your home institution. However, the RMIT microcredential and the experience of having been involved will be something you can add to your CV and talk about in interviews for future employment and work experience.

If your application is successful you will be assigned to a small team made up of students from participating universities around the world with different academic specialisms. You will be provided with their contact details and given a suggested structure for how to organise and progress your team work, as well as dates for the virtual Common Purpose workshops and meetings with your academic supervisors. The rest of the organisation is up to you and will hopefully be part of the learning experience!

No, this programme is completely free.

It is understood that you will be participating in this project alongside your normal university coursework and we have kept this in mind in the structure of the project. The organisation of meeting and division of work will ultimately be for you to decide within your group, as this part of the programme - project management across borders!

Option 1: Tues 1st December

Mexico – 17:00

Toronto/NY – 18:00

Brazil – 20:00

London – 23:00

Germany – 00:00 – 2nd Dec

Russia – 02:00 – 2nd Dec

Melbourne – 10:00-2nd Dec

Option 2: Wed 2nd December

Mexico – 11:00

Toronto/NY – 12:00

Brazil – 14:00

London – 17:00

Germany – 18:00

Russia – 20:00

Melbourne – 04:00– 3rd Dec


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