Five countries represented in finals of CIOB Global Student Challenge 2023

The competition pits university teams from around the world against each other as they create a virtual company to plan and deliver a virtual construction project with real-world constraints (Annie Spratt/Unsplash)
Ten universities from five countries are through to the finals in this year’s Global Student Challenge, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Teams from USA, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, and UK impressed judges by running their own virtual construction company and will now go head-to-head for the 2023 trophy and a £2,000 cash prize.

Now in its 10th year, the popular contest develops students’ creative thinking, business planning, and communication skills.

This year saw the move to a new virtual platform – Sim Venture Validate – which is used by universities to build employability and enterprise skills.

Since 2014, the competition has challenged the global community of built environment students to compete. Each team is made up of students studying on built environment HNC, HND or degree courses.

Finalists this year are listed in the table below.

The finalists will now develop the work they’ve done so far and present detailed project proposals to an international panel of judges online.

The final stage requires teams to provide a completed design and build programme, together with costs for each aspect of the build.

They will also need to share a payment statement, listing what payments will be required, and when, and detail on the key environmental and sustainability benefits, which demonstrate a long-term community legacy for the project.

The winner of 2023’s Global Student Challenge will be announced by CIOB next month.

The winning team will then be invited to attend part of the CIOB’s Members’ Forum meeting to present their project in front of some of the world’s finest construction professionals and leaders from the CIOB community.

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