UC student in global contest to help UN solve world hunger

03 March 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) student Stephanie Post has been selected in the Team Universities of New Zealand (TUNZ) team to represent New Zealand, competing in the Global Case Competition 2021.

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    UC Engineering student Stephanie Post: “It is an honour to represent New Zealand, and it is exciting to work in an area that is so important to the world”.

From Dunedin, Stephanie Post is a first-year student at UC, studying Engineering.

Team Universities of New Zealand (TUNZ) will compete with 85 universities from around the world in the contest held 5 - 7 March 2021.

Stephanie Post said: “It is an honour to represent New Zealand, and it is exciting to work in an area that is so important to the world”.          

“Covid-19 has had dramatic effects on how we live and learn. The Global Case Competition 2021 will allow us to fine-tune our recently acquired online skills alongside our business expertise.”

The teams will have 24 hours to prepare and present their proposal on-line to a panel of judges based in Norway.

Chef de Mission Dr John Guthrie said it is an exciting opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand students to compete against the best universities in the world in an online environment.

“This is a truly unique chance for the teams of students to provide input for, and influence the efforts of the United Nations to address the food distribution and consumption problems,” he said.

The focus of the competition is on the United Nations’ work to transform the way the world produces and consumes food. Today’s food systems require an upheaval. It renders 690 million people chronically hungry, while a third of what we produce is never consumed. Unhealthy diets have become a primary source of poor health around the world, with obesity and diet related diseases skyrocketing, and with glaring disparities between rich and poor. Our diets have also become a leading contributor to global environmental degradation. The redesign of food systems is a unique and powerful opportunity to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to involve people from around the globe in solving some of our greatest challenges.

Team Universities of New Zealand is under the umbrella of, and funded by the NZ Student Development Society. The worldwide online competition is hosted by BI Norway, in association with Kearney Consulting, the science-based global platform for food system transformation EAT (https://eatforum.org) and the United Nations Food Systems Summit.

For further information please contact:

UC Communications team, media@canterbury.ac.nz, Ph: (03) 369 3631 or 027 503 0168

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