“I’m really happy that young Swedes are doing so well. A full 51 of the 989 young people accepted from 64 countries are Swedish. Their acceptance reflects their success in a tough application process,” says Maja Neiman, Project Manager for IVA Junior Academy in Sweden.
The successful applicants, ranging in age from 13 to 18, come from Luleå in the north to Malmö in the south.
“One goal has been to attract applicants from every part of the country. And we really succeeded in doing that,” says Maja.
Now the 51 young Swedes will join their peers to form teams across national borders. They will take on real-life problems and be supported by mentors as they attempt to solve them. The winners will go to New York where their solutions will be presented at an event lasting for several days.
“There is still a chance to be part of this year’s application process. On 25 October we will be accepting applications again at the Junior Academy website.
Junior Academy is a partnership between IVA and the New York Academy of Sciences. This year a special initiative was launched in Sweden, which resulted in the high number of successful young Swedish applicants.