The national finals of the 16th "Challenge Cup" National College Students' Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Contest concluded at Beihang University on Nov 14, with Yunnan University scoring big-time.
According to the organizers the event attracted the participation of contestants from more than 200 universities in the country.
Competitors from Yunnan University won one first prize, four third prizes and the Excellence Cup –– making YNU it one of the 44 cup winners in the country.
The Challenge Cup is hailed as the Olympics of Chinese college students in scientific and technological innovation.
The event has been held for 16 consecutive years and this year more than 3 million students from 1,573 universities and colleges participated in the contest, of which more than 200 universities got to the finals.
Since 2016, YNU has fine-tuned its skills for participating in the contest, introducing organizing, competing, selecting and incentive systems.
This year, a total of 363 projects from 27 schools and research institutes participated in YNU competitions and 15 of them won provincial-level competitions in the first half year.
The YNU project which won the first prize in the national finals involves research into eliminating the dilemma of how the descendants of leprosy villages can fit into society.
Contestants from Yunnan University pose for a group photo at the national finals of the 16th "Challenge Cup" National College Students' Extracurricular Academic Science and Technology Contest. [Photo/ynu.edu.cn]