Taylor's University architecture students who had won awards for their project in mid-2015 were invited back to China to participate in the Grand Finals Exhibition of the 14th National Challenge Cup in November 2015.
(L-R): The Winning Student Team - Lim Yee Zhing, Ong Wei Hoow, The winning trophies awarded to SABD Lau Hao Shun & David Koo Mei Da with Dr. Nikhil Joshi (centre)
Taylor's University architecture students who had won awards for their projects ‘Wheels of Change’ and ‘Transformative Monsoon Flow’ were invited back to China to exhibit their ideas and work. The five final-year students from the School of Architecture, Building, and Design (SABD) had initially entered the 14th National Challenge Cup theme-based competition on back in July 2015. The students won three prizes in that competition, and as a result were then invited back to participate in the Grand Finals Exhibition of the 14th National Challenge Cup 2015. This event was co-hosted by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and also Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou (China) in November, 2015. The National Challenge Cup is China’s foremost innovation and technology competition for university students to present their scientific and technological inventions.
Each year, more than 2.5 million students from over 3,000 institutions nationwide compete in qualifying rounds, and international institutions can only be invited to participate. The SABD students who participated in the Exhibition were David Koo Mei Da, Lim Yee Zhing, Lau Hao Shun, and Ong Wei Hoow. Dr. Nikhil Joshi who accompanied the students said that “the Grand Finals Exhibition was a valuable and interactive platform for Taylor’s students to share and learn from 6,000 – 7,000 international participating students representing 400 institutions from varied cultures and social-economic background.” The School of Engineering at Taylor's University also had another two teams competing at this event.
All students not only participated in the Exhibition, but also had an opportunity to explore some of Guangzhou’s best technology and cultural centres as part of the post-Exhibition tour. It was definitely a unique experience for the students to make new friends and experience China. To find out more about the School of Architecture, Building, and Design click here.