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University of Nottingham Malaysia and World Bank organise essay competition


University of Nottingham Malaysia’s School of Economics and World Bank Group Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Finance Hub in Malaysia have come together to organise an Economics essay competition this year. First organised in 2014, this annual competition is open to all pre-university and high school students in Malaysia. This year UNM ties up with World Bank for this competition.

The topic for this year’s essay is: “What would be the economic consequences for Malaysia if technology replaces 50% of current jobs in the country? Who would benefit, and who would lose? Would we be better off ultimately?”

According to Dr Teo Wing Leong, Head of School of Economics: We are honoured and delighted to collaborate with the World Bank for this year competition. The topic for the competition is timely and important, and we welcome pre-university and high school students in Malaysia to contribute to this discussion by joining the competition. 

There are a total of six cash prizes up for grabs for the winners. The first prize winner will receive RM1,000, second prize winner will receive RM800, third prize will receive RM600 and three consolation prize winners will receive RM350 each.

Last year’s competition attracted 44 entrants with Nexus International School student Shirel Leena Ponnudurai bagging the first prize.

The school of Economics was established in 2010 and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes such as the Bsc (Hons) Economics, BSc (Hons) Economics and International Economics and PhD in Economics.

The winning essay will be published in the World Bank’s Development Digest publication.

Interested applicants can submit their essays to by 1 June 2021. More information on the essay can be found on


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

Posted on 6th May 2021

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