WC2 Undergraduate Challenge 2021
The WC2 Network is happy to welcome you to our annual challenge, Theme TBA at the 2021 Virtual Symposium.
Building on the 2020 pilot, 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 a common topic from multiple thematic lenses.
The 2020 pilot project focused on Imagining Urban Futures in a Post Covid World. The second annual project will be launched at the 2021 Virtual Symposium. We invite you to a session reflecting on the first project and launching the 2021 Challenge — register here!
SEE WHAT 2020 UNDERGRADUATE CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
“Participating in the WC2 Challenge 2020 was a wonderful experience for me. I learned a lot and met some wonderful people from around the world. Working with International students was a new and rewarding experience for me. With each challenge completed, I gained more confidence in my ability to contribute to the high standards set by the group. We encouraged each other, helped and reassured each other in our pursuit to successfully complete our project. I appreciate the benefits that I’ve gained through this rewarding experience. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in this program. Also, adding this experience to my Resume will, I feel, provide me with even further opportunities in the future.” – Christine Paterson, Ryerson University
“When I received the email from my university about the project, I was very excited to participate because it would be a unique experience to discuss such important topics with students from different countries. Today I see that I learned even more than I expected with the project. A great lesson I learned was to understand how the reality of each one can affect the perspective on the same problem. With students from such different countries, the view on the same problem can be different, but at the same time, there are converging aspects that bring us closer. Being part of this project was a great learning experience, both in terms of developing group work skills and learning more about different cultures and how we can help each other to overcome the problems of the world.” – Eduarda Padilha, Universidade de São Paulo
“Participating on the WC2 project, more specifically on the Eco Campus theme, was one of the most incredible and challenging experiences I have lived during the one and a half year of graduation. I was able to work with an international and multidisciplinary group, exchange opinions, train my second language, meet mentors from all over the world, participate in workshops and exercise what I learned in the university, by doing research and designing a sustainable building. I hope to have another chance like this soon because it was, definitely in a good way, a great opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone!” – Beatriz Varani Eleutério, Universidade de São Paulo
“Participating in the WC2 programme has been a rewarding experience. I have learned how to communicate clearly with students around the world and work as a team. This has been especially challenging over zoom, however, I feel that it has taught me how to utilise my emails, WhatsApp and google documents to clearly communicate ideas with my team members which is an important skill. It has been a rewarding experience and I feel much more confident approaching teamwork.” – Halima Hassan, City, University of London
“As soon as I saw the project I wanted to participate! What fascinated me was the integration with different countries and the environmental theme. I participated in the EcoCampus theme and it was great, because it is very present in our routines at the university. So it was amazing to find ways to make our university campuses sustainable. I learned a lot with my colleagues from different countries, I got to know a little about the cultures and everyday life of each one. It was also really cool to work with different courses and see how they connect. I will definitely take this experience to other projects that I intend to participate. If I had the opportunity to participate again, I would definitely participate.” – Ana Clara Antunes Costa de Andrade, Universidade de São Paulo
“I decided to participate in this project because I wanted to have challenges. I was a person who loved new experiences and WC2 was a great opportunity. WC2 offered me the challenges of creating a big project and communicating with many new people. And now with this experience, I have a good network in the business area and can talk about my experience to gain new opportunities in the future.” – Edvaldo Pereira de Santos, Universidade de São Paulo