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Global Student Challenge opens for entries

9 January 2019

Last year’s student challenge winners

The annual CIOB Global Student Challenge has now opened for registration for the 2019 competition.

Since 2014, the competition has challenged built environment students to run their own virtual construction company – with the leaders after six weeks of competition given the opportunity to compete in finals that attract talent from around the world.

The CIOB is seeking teams of full-time students studying a degree in the built environment. The winning team receives £2000 in prize money, along with access to a unique mentoring programme.

Taking place in stages over a number of months, the competition provides a realistic simulation where teams, made up of three or four people, act as a board of directors for their own company.

The “Foundation Years” stage, kicks off in January asking participants to run a virtual construction company in a simulated environment, testing out different strategies and refining tactics. The “Early Years” stage starts a few weeks later. Teams now play competitively with other teams around the world, making decisions that influence the success of their companies.

More than 60 teams entered the 2018 competition, with the six teams scoring the most in the early rounds being invited to the finals as part of the CIOB’s annual Members’ Forum in Toronto, Canada. In 2019 both events will once again be run alongside each other, this time in Edinburgh.

The competition is only open to full-time students, although there remains an allowance of one postgraduate member per team. 

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