Nazarbayev University held the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance 2017 (YICGG 2017) in cooperation with Fudan University, China on July 8-11.

On July 8-11, Nazarbayev University in cooperation with Fudan University held 11th Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance (YICGG-2017) with a topic “Future Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure” that gathered 66 students from 32 countries of the world.

Corresponding to Kazakhstan government’s chairing the Shanghai Cooperation Summit, echoing with the theme “Future Energy” of International EXPO-2017, the “One Belt One Road” initiative, and Kazakhstan’s state infrastructural development program “Nurly Zhol”, YICGG picked its topic. The annual event was launched on 2007 by Fudan University and sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China, and now takes place in different locations every year to inspire youth to engage into global governance.

Carefully chosen among the 198 applications the 66 finalist students divided into groups presented their innovative projects and ideas on Global Governance and Future Energy. Nazarbayev University was presented by a team of 2 students studying on Master of Public Policy who presented project on “Challenges in Implementation of Recycling in Astana”.

Shigeo Katsu, President of Nazarbayev University, and Chen Zhimin, Associate Vice President of Fudan University, welcomed the participants and encouraged them to contribute to tackling the world issues. The international judges panel came from Nazarbayev University, University of Latvia, University of Virginia, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ruhr Universtat Bochum, and Babes-Bolyai University.

The participants delivered speeches on the issues on site and were randomly regrouped into 10 teams to cooperate and develop solutions for the pressing global governance issues in two days.  The awards were given by the following nominations: Most Innovative Team, Best Performance Player and Most Valuable Project. A team of students from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, China’s Nanjing University and Fudan University won the award for being the most innovative team. The same postgraduate student from Fudan University won the award for the best performance player.