APRU Global Health Student Case Competition 2021

About the Competition

Case competitions are increasing popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a “real world” challenge. For this international, virtual competition, teams of 4-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given up to ten weeks to prepare a video of up to 10 minutes in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge. Teams will save their videos on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link via email for judging by an international panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round, which will be held as part of the 2021 APRU GH annual conference. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$1,000 will be awarded.

The 2021 APRU Virtual Global Health Case Competition is hosted by the APRU Global Health Program in partnership with Amazon Web Services.


Challenge: Technology-Driven Solutions to the COVID-19 Infodemic

This challenge focuses on addressing the massive amount of misinformation that has quickly spread throughout the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, with dramatic negative personal and societal consequences. Discerning what is accurate scientific content versus what is fabricated or simply a rumor can be challenging. By employing a multidisciplinary approach, teams will build an intervention to reduce the spread of misinformation and increase health literacy in one Asia-Pacific country. The focus of the intervention is the development or adaptation of a technology-driven tool. 

View the background of the challenge and instructions here.


Top 10% of the Entries (in no order)
This year 121 teams from 37 universities in 17 economies submitted the entries.

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (ACES)
  • The University of Hong Kong (Extreme Dream Quarantine team)
  • Brunel University London (The Optimisers)
  • Nanyang Technological University (SASHinc)
  • Xian Jiaotong University (The Plague Killers)
  • New Era University (The Synergist)
  • The University of British Columbia (Team LFS)
  • Gachon University (mAIghty)
  • University of the Philippines (UP Mediasina)
  • Korea University (KUrious)
  • The University of Hong Kong (Healthi-ers)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU SciCoTics)


The Winner

The winning team is UP Mediasina from University of the Philippines.

Two runners-up are ACES from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and SASH Inc, Nanyang Technological University.

The three videos are chosen by an international panel of 30 judges. Final scores included the judges scores (50% weight) combined with the votes from the conference participants (50%) of the APRU Global Health Conference 2021. Only registered conference participants were eligible to vote via the virtual conference platform.


UP Mediasina, University of the Philippines


SASH Inc, Nanyang Technological University


ACES, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Global Health Student Case Competition 2021 are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.