In his State of the Union speech this morning, President Barack Obama praised competitions as a tool to create change. He also emphasized the importance of being competitive as a student and striving for academic excellence, to be successful on the international job market.
First, Obama emphasized the importance of focusing on academic excellence. We wholeheartedly support the notation that winning an academic competition should make you as famous as if you are a sport star:
“We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair. “
Second, he talked about the importance of innovating the educational system and talked about how competitions can be used as a more effective tool to spur innovation:
“When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance. But too many schools don’t meet this test. That’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top. To all 50 states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.
Race to the Top is the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation. For less than 1 percent of what we spend on education each year, it has led over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching and learning. And these standards were developed, by the way, not by Washington, but by Republican and Democratic governors throughout the country. And Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that’s more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.”
How about that!? Way to go competitions!
It seems like even at the government level, people are now slowly beginning to understand the true power of competitions as a tool for change. Join the revolution and compete today!
Challenge Yourself – Challenge the World!
Read the entire speech here.
In the summer of 2009 four students from top Universities in Stockholm and Bejing meet at SSE business lab. All four had participated in student competitions and found it a great way to finance their ventures and studies! They all made many friends globally and gained valuable experiences that helped them to get exciting internships and opportunities through their time at university. They discussed why it was so hard to find this opportunities and wanted to find a way to make it easier.
And so, Studentcompetitions.com was born. StudentCompetitions.com is a gathering point for events and challenges targeting students and young professionals. It is the only platform where students, regardless field and level of studies, can find (all) the world’s major competitions at one place. As a bonus, the service is completely free too use for students!
By using the platform, You become aware of events and challenges, matching Your specific preferences. We do not only want to increase Your chance to find a participation you like and apply for it, Studentcompetitions.com also brings out some of the world's most extraordinary young talents into the spotlight. We give students a platform to strengthen their personal brand and are at the bottom line promoting educational as a whole. We are on an important mission!
Additionally, the platform allows students from all over the world to interact, co‐ operate and jointly create a junction for global opportunities. Example of interaction involves opportunity to establish global groups for participation in challenges/competitions, exchange of information and activities at different universities and much, much more.