Global Cross-Disciplinary Tournament
The Global Cross-Disciplinary Tournament (GXT) is a student driven initiative to foster cross disciplinary research among students.
What it is
The GXT is a competition where small cross-disciplinary teams of undergraduates are paired across universities. Through virtual communication and a residential program, the teams must develop responses to global challenges that synthesize diverse academic and cultural perspectives.
How it started
In 2011 an ANU-NUS joint degree program student who attended the GSP program, and some peers, designed the Global Cross Disciplinary Tournament (GXT) as a means to deepen their learning experience beyond GSP.
We are faced with world problems that are complex in nature and will require us to work together across disciplines to find solutions. I think this program really encouraged us to think on a global scale; and to think not only outside the box, but as though we didn't know there was a box at all.
How it works
Participants to the GXT work together on a global topic over the internet for several weeks before coming together for the residential phase. Over ten days of living on campus, participants explore a multitude of disciplinary, cultural and community perspectives on the topic while developing their team projects. The week culminates in a final presentation to key decision makers in relevant fields. There has been 4 editions of the GXT to present.
Past GXT Editions
GXT 2014, The Future of the Body
8-18 July 2014, Australian National University
Undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds form cross-disciplinary teams engaged and developed a solution to a problem of local and international scale. Students entered as individuals before being placed in teams with students from different parts of the world.
The first phase of the GXT began with the application by responding to an Entry Question. Entrants then took part in several stages of dynamic team challenges that tested their capacity of flexible, big-picture thinking. The final selection round involved judgment by senior academics at the ANU.
Each student represented his/her discipline in the team that designed a ‘catalyst for change’ on the GXT 2014 topic "The Future of the Body" addressing questions like: What challenges and changes do you consider likely to happen in the next thirty years with regards to "The Future of the Body"? How do you think these challenges could be addressed? Each participant saw why the discipline of his/her study matters when looking at the bigger picture. The students also had a chance to convey that understanding in a final symposium with decision makers and stakeholders at the ANU and beyond.
GXT 2013, The Future of Media
10 - 19 July 2013, Peking University
21st Century is a era that embraces information explosion. As a carrier of information, media plays an important role in shaping our life.
Media serves as the bridge connecting the information resources and receivers. In the past decades we have seen the form of media constantly changes with the developments of technology. Diverse ways of communication have mushroomed. All those changes are likely to increase the impact of media on future communication, economic growth pattern and social development.
Despite the fact that such revolutionary changes benefit our everyday life, media at the same time, is a double-edged sword. What is the role of media in the future? How can we improve and make us of media to turn it into the driving force of our development? These are the challenges the international teams of students addressed at this years GXT.
GXT 2012, The Future of Cities
26 July - 4 August 2012, National University of Singapore
Delegates of six different nationalities from four participating universities came together to discuss real-world problems. In four cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams, students met to discuss their ideas and produce a synthesis report detailing those ideas and proposed solutions.
They brought unique cultural perspectives, and together with their myriad disciplinary worldviews, were able to synthetise key issues related to this year’s theme.
GXT 2011, The Future of EducationSeptember 2011, Australian National University
An ANU-NUS joint degree program student who attended the GSP program, and some peers, designed the Global Cross Disciplinary Tournament (GXT) as a means to deepen their learning experience beyond GSP. The topic for the first tournament was the “Future of Education”
"We are faced with world problems that are complex in nature and will require us to work together across disciplines to find solutions. I think this program really encouraged us to think on a global scale; and to think not only outside the box but as though we didn't know there was a box at all.”