The inaugural APRU-New York Times Case Competition in 2017 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 submissions were received from students attending 31 universities representing 12 economies in the Americas, Asia, and Australasia. The entries were judged by senior university leaders and staff from The New York Times’ award-winning newsroom. 


Chancellor Gene Block, APRU Chair, announced the winners and shortlisted competitors at the APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting in Sydney on June 26, 2017.


The winners of this year’s competition are Katherine Crosman, Leah Johnson, Eleni Petrou and Hillary Scannell, from the University of Washington in Seattle. The first runner-up is Stephanie Chee from the Yale-NUS College while the second runner-up is Nicole Lim from the National University of Singapore.  Coming from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, the winning entries demonstrate the importance of this crucial issue to diverse communities across the globe.


The prize for the winner and the first runner-up was vouchers for US$500 and US$300 respectively, alongside publication of the case in the The New York Times International Edition.  A booklet comprising the top 10 entries was also published in July 2017.


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