Indonesian students judged most promising construction directors in CIOB Global Challenge

A team of Indonesian construction students has beaten stiff competition from Canada, the US, China and Australia to win this year’s Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge.

Team Kanigara Banu from Universitas Indonesia is the first from the country to make the finals in the contest that sees teams from all over the world act as directors of virtual construction companies.

In knock-out rounds over several months they respond to scenarios and are judged against numerous indicators including including gross profit to turnover ratio, capital employed, margin, share price, client satisfaction, and more.

Team Kanigara Banu gets £2,000 in prize money and access to a mentoring programme with industry leaders to support their professional development.

This year 39 teams from four continents entered the contest. The other teams making the finals were:

  • KLMN Construction Group, from George Brown College, Canada
  • Toomer Oaks Construction, from Auburn University, USA
  • Hotpot Crew, from Chongqing University, China
  • Design & CurStruct, from Curtin University, Australia

The winning team collected their award from CIOB President Professor Charles Egbu at his Inaugural Dinner in Edinburgh on 27 June.

Egbu, who is Pro vice-chancellor at the University of East London, 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."

Entry for the 2020 challenge will open later this year. Find out more here.

Image: Indonesian team Kanigara Banu, from Universitas Indonesia, receive their award from CIOB President Professor Charles Egbu, third from left, on 27 June (CIOB)

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