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Universitas Indonesia team wins 2019 CIOB Global Student Challenge

6 September 2019

Professor Charles Egbu presents prizes to members of Kanigara Banu at his inaugural dinner in Edinburgh (Whyler Photos)

A team from Indonesia has been announced as the winner of the sixth annual Global Student Challenge competition, facing a fiercely competitive international field.

Kanigara Banu from Universitas Indonesia is the first Indonesian team to make the finals. They collected their award from CIOB president Professor Charles Egbu at his inaugural dinner in June.

The winning team receives £2,000 in prize money, along with access to a unique mentoring programme with industry leaders offering guidance to support their professional development.

Teams from universities all over the world entered the 2019 competition, with the six scoring the most in the early rounds invited to the finals in Edinburgh as part of the CIOB’s annual Members’ Forum.

Along with Kanigara Banu, this year’s finalists were:

Four of the final six teams came from institutions that have made the finals before.

Professor Egbu said: “The CIOB’s Global Student Challenge has been very impressive this year, with a truly global line up of finalists. I understand that it was very competitive and that the last week of the competition was very close. Therefore, many congratulations to our winners. I wish them all the best in their construction careers.”

The competition, which takes  place in stages over a number of months, is open to full-time students. A real test of construction industry knowhow, it provides a realistic simulation where teams act as a board of directors running their own company.

Entry for the 2020 challenge will open later this year. To find out more about Global Student Challenge, visit:

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