Stuttgart, Germany – A student team from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg is a finalist in the Mondialogo Engineering Award 2009, a worldwide contest for engineering students organized by Daimler and UNESCO.

The Canadian team is among 28 countries in the finale. The teams will take part in the Mondialogo Symposium in November in Stuttgart, where prizes worth between €5,000 and €15,000 will be awarded.

Overall, students from 94 countries submitted a total of 932 project ideas, focusing on addressing climate change, sustainable development, and the eradication of poverty in developing countries. Key criteria for nomination by the jury were quality and creativity, addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals, feasibility, and the intensity of cooperation, dialogue and exchange of knowledge between the students. About one-third of the finalists are women.

The award is part of an initiative launched by Daimler and UNESCO in 2003, which also includes the Mondialogo School Contest and an Internet portal in five languages. The aim is to encourage dialogue between people of different origins who work together across continents on a joint project.

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