University of Illinois Students Compete in the Schuman Challenge



This year the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is sending a team to compete in the Schuman Challenge. Named after the influential French politician and EU founding father who also served as President of the European Parliament, this foreign policy competition for undergraduates is hosted by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and George Washington University. This year, the University of Illinois is one of thirty colleges and universities around the United States to participate. Our team will present and defend a transatlantic policy initiative before a panel of judges with expertise in transatlantic issues. Due to the coronavirus crisis, this year’s edition of the Schuman Challenge will be virtual, and our team will present their policy platform on Friday, October 30. Each participating school is allowed to send three students.

The Illinois team consists of Angitha Bright (Philosophy, Political Science), Hannah Buzil (Political Science, Statistics), and Alicja Szczepkowska (Global Studies, Sociology), and is coached by Professor Kostas Kourtikakis (Political Science), with support from Lucas Henry (European Union Center).

Please join us in wishing the Schuman Challenge team good luck! We know that you will do great work!