Borderless: an interuniversity economic competition series

Join students from the University of Exeter and collaborate digitally in the 2021 Borderless competition series.

About Borderless

Borderless (Semester 2, 2021) invites students to partner with the University of Exeter to compete in addressing some of the global problems and research topics economists face today.

Open to undergraduate students who have previously completed a course within the School of Economics*, this competition will see UQ students connect in teams of four with students overseas to work together and present via a video submission to a panel of international judges.

*check the prerequisites under application details

"The Borderless economics competition challenged me to do something that’s rarely asked of economics students. It made me think outside the box. It got me thinking creatively about how to communicate highly technical concepts in an original way, and how to negotiate with students in other countries.

In that sense, the competition was really a unique learning experience that is hard to come by in the classroom." - Jennifer, third-place winner.

Competitions for Semester 2, 2021

Teams of Exeter and UQ students will be faced with a topical challenge requiring research and the application of their economics studies.

Previous competitions

See some of the previous competition responses by UQ students and their overseas partners.

Students could either provide an in-depth explanation of a clean energy market model in which negative prices might occur, or identify a specific issue that emerged as a result of the 2019/20 bushfires.
"The differences between countries' performances in handling the COVID-19 pandemic are best explained by a country’s characteristics before the pandemic rather than by a country’s response to the pandemic."
The students must propose an initiative between non-government entities within Taiwan and Australia that could improve their economic resilience in the face of possible future global crises.

The Borderless experience

What is it like participating in the Borderless competition? UQ students reflect on challenges bested, skills learned and coordinating with students halfway across the world. 

Yu Shuen Leong

Breaking down barriers and absorbing new ideas: What to expect from the Borderless competition

Fresh off his team's second-place finish in the Borderless competition, Yu Shuen gave us the rundown on his journey and what future participants can expect from the experience.


group discussion

Three reasons to enter an economic competition

When you think of ‘economics’, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably money, but the Borderless experience reminded Jennifer Min that there's more to it than crunching numbers. 


Max Broad

PPE student tackles bushfires and the film industry

The Borderless competition allowed Max to take on contemporary, real-world issues that you don’t often see in the lecture theatre.