GCU students remain CIOB champions

14 July 2016

A team of GCU engineering students have defended the University’s title as CIOB Global Student Challenge champions at the finals of the competition in Hong Kong.

The competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, develops leadership skills by challenging students to run their own construction company in a simulated environment using software developed by Loughborough University.

GCU’s team ‘Cali Construction’ entered the final in pole position after a preliminary six elimination rounds. The team consists of Sam Belkaid, Richard Boyle, Duncan Mcaslan from the BSc in Environmental Civil Engineering Programme, and Peter McElroy from the MSc in Building Services Engineering.

They were the only UK university representatives to make the final. The other finalists were The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, CIOB Student Center of Chongqing University, University of Cape Town, Bond University, and Deakin University. 

This is the third successive year GCU has had a team in the final. Last year, Ross Anderson, Eugene Atiso and Dale Mason from the BEng Building Services Programme, and Graham Allen from the BSc in Environmental Civil Engineering Programme, won the competition.

Team tutor Mark Phillipson, who travelled to Hong Kong for the finals with the students, said: “Once again our students have excelled when compared against a truly international field. In the process our students have networked and developed a fabulous international network with their peers from around the globe. I could not be prouder of their representation of the University and their outstanding achievement! ”