NUS Geography Challenge 2021

NUS Geography Challenge 2021


The National University of Singapore Geography Challenge (NUS GC) is an annual non-profit Geography-centered competition jointly organised by the NUS Department of Geography and the NUS Geographical Society. As NUS GC runs for the 25th year, we will continue on our quest to ignite passion and inspire secondary school students to develop a keen interest in the dynamic discipline of Geography. Through healthy competition, we seek to engage, empower and educate students on world issues and highlight the omnipresence of Geography in our everyday lives. In the course of participating in this challenge, NUS GC also aims to encourage students to embark on independent learning.

The theme for the 2021 edition of the Geography Challenge is Passport to the World: Sustainable Footprints.

NUS GC 2021 will focus on the theme of sustainability which is inherently geographical and engages a range of cognate topics (e.g. economic sustainability, food sustainability, climate sustainability). This theme of sustainability focuses on the need for Singapore to not just tide out the current pandemic in the immediate term but seek to thrive in the longer term. To this end, we will focus particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out by the United Nations in 2015.

Through NUS GC 2021, students will be empowered and inspired as a Singaporean citizen, as well as a world citizen in thinking critically of the larger picture to protect Singapore’s immediate future and Singapore’s next decades – towards SG100. Students will also explore the potential solutions and opportunities to promote active citizenry as they adopt a role in not just shaping the future of the nation, but to also ensure Singapore is still the Passport to the World.

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COVID-19 Precautions

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Preliminary Round will be held online while the GeoTrail and Grand Finals will be held physically with the proper safe-distancing measures and procedures in place. The NUS GC will strictly adhere to the safe-distancing guidelines throughout the course of the entire competition.

More information on the Preliminary Round and GeoTrail will be given closer to the component dates themselves.


Open 4 January 2021 – 5 February 2021


Each school team must have 4 students for NUS GC 2021. These students must be between 13 to 16 years old as of 1st January 2021. Students who have participated in previous iterations of NUS GC are ineligible to participate in NUS GC 2021.


The registration fee for NUS GC2021 is SGD20 per team. Make sure to indicate your preferred method of payment (IFAAS or iBanking) in the registration form. Once your submission is received, a confirmation email with the payment details will be sent to you. We will be sending the consent forms for students in the confirmation email as well, consent forms will need to be emailed back to us on the day of Preliminary Rounds. (to note, the consent forms will be the same as GC2019 and GC 2020).

If there are any registration-related issues, please contact us at

Creative Component


4 January 2021 – 10 February 2021

In this optional component, each participating team can complete one of two options.


Create a poster that showcases the supply chain of a brand and how various stakeholders may improve the sustainability of this chosen brand.


Create a poster that showcases an initiative that promotes sustainability in schools and/or in Singapore. This initiative can be one participants are familiar with.









All submissions are to be sent to Further details such as format and file naming conventions can be found in the CC circular below. Example submissions can also be found within the circular. Note that if the format is not adhered to, the school will be forfeited from this optional component.

Preliminary Round

27 February 2021

Together with the Creative Component, the Preliminary Round serves to qualify capable participants for the subsequent GeoTrail and Finals Rounds. Participants will be tested not just on their geographical knowledge, but also application and technical skills so useful in the field and beyond. The top 25 teams from the Preliminaries will progress to the next stage, along with the top 5 teams from the Creative Component.

Due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by COVID-19, the GC2021 Preliminary Round will be conducted online. Instructions for accessing the questions and submitting answers will be disseminated via an online briefing on the actual day itself.

Individual Component


Team Component




Curriculum Planning and Development Division , Humanities Branch
Ministry of Education