25 Jun 2019

2019 PEMA Student Challenge final result

The 2019 PEMA Student Challenge is now officially over… This years’ theme question focused on “Exploring the drivers behind change: Defining the port of the future”.

The finals took place on 20 June in Rotterdam at the last day of TOC Europe.

We would like to thank all 13 University teams that took part in this years’ challenge and for their bright and powerful ideas as well as all the judges.

Ecole de Management de Normandie, France (represented by Anca-Iona MOS, Hernando Daniel TEJEDA GALINDO, Yunus Ozgehan OZBAY, Dhruba Jyoti SAHA – Under the guidance of Dr. Alexandre LAVISSIERE) emerged victorious with their presentation focusing on “Empowerment of women” which echoed World Commission on environment and Development message “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

As the leading Association for port equipment and technology, PEMA fully endorses the empowerment of women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors which is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities. The port industry is a key partner in efforts to advance gender equality and empower women through the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),in particular SDG 5 (Gender equality)as well as IMO’sWomen in Maritime programme.

“The port industry with its centennial developments is often seen quite conservative; the involvement of young talents with different university backgrounds worldwide can only bring innovations and new ideas for increasing safety, efficiency and sustainability for our industry” said Mr. Ottonel Popesco, President and Chairman of PEMA.


List of 2019 participating Universities:

  1. Ecole de Management de Normandie, France(winner)
  2. University of Hamburg/ HBS – Hamburger Business School, Germany
  3. Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia
  4. King Abdulaziz University, Soudi Araia
  5. Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  6. University of Warsaw, Poland
  7. University of Sweden – Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Sweden


Congratulations, once again, to the winners! We hope to see you again…



About PEMA

Founded in 2004, PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors. The Association has seen strong growth in recent years, and now has 110 member companies representing all facets of the industry, including crane, equipment and component manufacturers, automation, software and technology providers, consultants and other experts.

For more information about this media release, please contact the PEMA Secretariat:

Petar Karaivanov, PEMA Head of Administration:


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