"The Global Classroom: Issues in International Education"

Register to compete and win $100!

Limited to 20 participants. Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

Or come watch the final round:

Audience prizes - submit a question for a speaker during Q&A and win if your question gets picked

Competition Process:


Register & get through the preliminary round - open to any Baylor student

  • Registrations will run from Monday, February 23rd through Monday, March 2nd at 5:00 PM. 
  • All registered participants develop their pitch based on the given challenge question. 
    • Discuss the gap in the quality of education across countries. (Consider impact of the gap in country, provide solution to minimize gap and support position with secondary sources.)
  • On Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, all contestants will present their pitches to preliminary round judges (closed session).  
  • Four finalists will be chosen and notified that Wednesday night. 


THINK about the issue - this year's theme is "The Global Classroom"

  • After the preliminary rounds on Wednesday, March 4th, we'll give the four finalists a challenge question related to the theme of the Global Business Forum, "The Global Classroom."
  • Finalists must come up with a 5-7minute pitch in response to the question. 
  • Finalists must attend at least one session of the Global Business Forum conference during the week. The Global Business Forum is a conference organized by the McBride Center for International Business and runs all week from March 16th-20th. Click here for schedule. 


PITCH your position on the issue on Friday, March 20th

  • On Friday afternoon, March 20th, Global Business Connect and the McBride Center will host the final round as part of the Global Business Forum conference program. 
  • Finalists will present their 5-7 minute pitches to a panel of judges and a public audience.
  • Each finalist will also have a 10-minute Q&A session to answer questions from the judges and one question from the audience.

And of course, WIN.

$100  gift card + plaque + a great resume boost

2nd, 3rd, and 4th place will receive certificates & other prizes for reaching the final round.

A separate Best Q&A Award will be rewarded according to popular vote by the audience.

What is a Pitch?

A pitch is a short, verbal presentation of your idea - the goal is to get your audience "hooked" (interested in your idea) and wanting to learn more. 


For this competition, we give you 5 minutes to:

  • capture your audience's attention (ex: "Imagine if..." or start with an short, interesting story)
  • state your position on the issue ("I believe that ...."),
  • defend it with a few key facts or reasons (do some research!), and
  • summarize with a strong recap of your position and a call to action ("This is why I believe ... Would you like to learn more?") 

Judges will get a chance to ask you questions, so don't try to squeeze too much into your pitch. Instead, focus on sparking interest and introducing your idea about the issue. The questions will give you a chance to explain more of your reasoning - the more facts the better!


Learn more about building a pitch here:


Questions? Email: Alex Ingold (

Download our flyer to forward to anyone that might be interested!
Global Issues Challenge Preliminary .pdf
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 Organized by students, for students, the purpose of the Global Issues Challenge is to:


1) promote awareness of global business issues among the Baylor community,

2) challenge students to think and respond actively to such issues, and

3) provide an opportunity for students to exercise their rhetorical skills.


The Global Issues Challenge is organized by Global Business Connect, in partnership with the McBride Center for International Business. The GIC is a part of the annual Global Business Forum conference hosted by Baylor University and the McBride Center for International Business. Every year, the Global Business Forum assembles specialists from the academic, business, and public policy communities to explore relevant issues concerning the world economy.

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Global Business Connect is a chartered student organization of Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.