Borderless: an interuniversity economic competition series

Join students from King's College London (KCL) or National Chengchi University (NCCU) and collaborate digitally in the 2021 Borderless competition series.

About Borderless

Borderless (Semester 1, 2021) invites students to partner with King's College London (KCL) and National Chengchi University (NCCU) to compete in addressing some of the global problems and research topics economists face today.

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

With cash prizes up for grabs, it’s time to hit the ground running and compete in this interuniversity economic competition. Apply now via the competition page/s below.

*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 1, 2021

[Applications are now closed for this competition].
Based in the heart of London, King's College London (KCL) is ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020). Students accepted to compete in this competition will pair up with students to form teams of four.
[Applications are now closed for this competition].
National Chengchi University (NCCU) is based in Taipei, Taiwan and has upheld its motto of “Harmony, Independence, Balance and Pre-eminence” since 1927. Students accepted to compete in this competition will pair up to form teams of four.

Previous competitions

Selected students were to propose an initiative that promotes mutually beneficial trade and/or investment between Taiwan and Australia.
Competing teams were asked to interpret the article by Daryl. J. Bem and critically analyse the article’s design, research methods and conclusions.
Participating students were tasked with proposing a structural element, inspired by a real event, that they would like to add to virtual economy, Lomeweb.
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 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.