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Engineering Saves the World

Improving the livelihoods of humankind is a monumental and collaborative effort that requires expertise from many professions. One profession with a very important role to play is engineering. Engineers are responsible for establishing the building blocks of civilization that allow people to live safely, prosper, and connect in ways previously impossible.

The inaugural CWISA will encourage students to take initiative, use their own creativity, and propose an innovative engineering solution to solve large-scale sustainable development issues in developing countries.


Background and Objectives

The world population was estimated to have reached 7.5 billion in April 2017, with 95% of this in developing or underdeveloped countries. With the world now being more connected than ever, we must learn new ways to solve problems in the developing world through:

  • Effective innovation and application of engineering and technology
  • Tackling global issues like poverty reduction, sustainable development and climate change
  • Urgently developing greener engineering and lower carbon technology

Chun Wo understands that recognizing and empowering the next generation of innovators is key to addressing these issues over the long term. In this light, the Chun Wo Innovation Student Award (CWISA) aims to invite students to develop their own innovative solutions that help our cities become more human, more connected, greener, fairer, more citizen-focused, more cultural, and/or more sustainable.

This award requires students to address a real-world sustainable development issue in a developing country. For consistency purposes, participants can refer to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals for sustainable development issues1, and the IMF’s most recent list of emerging market and developing economies2 when selecting a target geographic location.
1 http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
2 http://bit.ly/2DwnRj7


About Organizer

Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited
Chun Wo Development Holdings Limited (“Chun Wo”) was founded in 1968 and is a key subsidiary of Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited (stock code: 00711.HK). The Company is principally engaged in the core construction and property development businesses with the professional capability to undertake large integrated construction projects. Recent examples of large infrastructure projects in Hong Kong within which the Company has undertaken works include the Central-Wan Chai Bypass, Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Infrastructure, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Passenger Clearance Building, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) and the MTR Shatin to Central Link. With deep roots in Hong Kong for nearly 50 years, Chun Wo has accumulated extensive experience and a strong position in the construction sector enabling it to expand business to countries along the “One Belt One Road” route in Southeast Asia. Examples of such expansion are the acquisition of a construction and engineering consultancy in Singapore and contracting the Design and Construction of Aqueduct undertaken in the Philippines during recent years.



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