World’s sharpest students at ANU for tournament of the minds

14 July 2014

The University will host the Fourth Annual IARU Global Cross-Disciplinary Tournament (GXT) on the Friday 18 July 2014.

The GXT is a student-run tournament that brings students together from across the world to address real, global problems, using interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. This year, the topic is The Future of the Body.

Director of GXT, Catherine Gordon, says that the GXT has expanded from two participating universities to seven, making the 2014 tournament the largest so far. In 2012 it was hosted by the National University of Singapore and in 2013 it moved to Peking University.

“This year there are five cross-university, cross-disciplinary teams of students from ANU, the University of Cambridge, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Oxford, Peking University, the National University of Singapore and the University of Tokyo,” says Catherine.

“They must combine their academic perspectives, from the sciences to the law, from the humanities to business, and their diverse cultural perspectives, to pitch a ‘catalyst for change’ which may solve future problems.

“These catalysts could be anything from a business plan to an online viral video, but they must be both original and implementable.”

GXT Vice-Director Katie Cox says the goal of the tournament is to demonstrate that by synthesising diverse perspectives and knowledge, we can discover unique approaches to complex issues.

The Symposium is open to the public and includes a keynote address by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC.

The event will be held from 1- 5pm in the Common Room at University House, ANU.

Members of the ANU Community are encouraged to register their attendance in advance.