Borderless: an interuniversity economic competition series

Join students from an international university and collaborate digitally in the 2020 Borderless competition series.

UQ’s School of Economics invites students to partner with international universities to compete in addressing some of the global problems and research topics economists face today.

Connect online with students from across the globe and team up to develop your best tools and economic strategies, before digitally submitting your ideas to a panel of international judges.

With some great prizes up for grabs and an unforgettable opportunity to add to your CV, the Borderless competition series looks to provide invaluable experience and recognition for creative problem solving, economic understanding and online cross-country collaborating skills.

"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.

Please note Borderless has finished for 2020 and applications are now closed. You can see the submissions and winners for each 2020 competition below.


See the previous competitions

Watch UQ and Kings College London students interpreting the article, Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect.
Teams of Exeter and UQ students chose to tackle either an issue emerging from the devastating Australian bushfires or the implications of negative prices in a clean energy market.
Students pitched mutually beneficial trade and/or investment initiatives between Taiwan and Australia and could be cultural, professional, business or academic in nature. Watch their incredible entries.

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.