Doors open for CIOB’s 10th Global Student Challenge

The 2023 winning team from Universitas Indonesia: Juan Fidel Ferdani, Nada Laili Nurfadhilah, Elgrytha Victoria Tybeyuliana, and Evan Ariel Christoper
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is once again looking for the next generation of international industry leaders for the 10th annual Global Student Challenge.

First launched in 2014, the contest sees teams of built environment students compete against each other in planning and delivering a virtual construction project. 

It’s designed to test their creativity, planning and communication skills, and entrepreneurial spirit.

The winning team gets a £2,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to CIOB’s annual Members’ Forum, where they will be able to test their ideas and get feedback from some of the industry’s brightest minds.

Second and third place winners also get a cash prize.

Kate Macbeth, Director of Marketing and Digital at CIOB, said: “This rare and unique competition gives the industry’s top prospects a chance to show they are the modern professionals of the future and test their skills in a life-like simulation of an exciting but challenging construction project.

“I can’t wait to start receiving entries for 2024 and seeing which team will come out on top.” 

The 2024 challenge will once again use CIOB’s online platform called Sim Venture Validate, used by universities to build employability and enterprise skills. 

A high-profile panel of expert judges will include:

  • Peter Dawber FCIOB FRICS
  • Sisizakele Kubheka MCIOB
  • Professor Ts. Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, FASc FIVMM
  • Professor Tabarak Musa Awad Ballal, BSc (Hons), MBA, PhD, FCIOB, SFHEA, UTF
  • Thomas Donoghue, MCIOB, FCMI.

Last year’s competition saw a team of four students from Universitas Indonesia scoop the top accolade – fending off competition from 37 other teams. They described winning the competition as “part of their dreams” and said the competition “will be our first step in entering professional careers in sustainable project management”.

  • Click here to find out more and register.

Registration closes on 31 January 2024,with the competition taking place between February and April. The winning team will be announced on 18 April 2024.

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