GCU engineering students compete to be tomorrows leaders

23 July 2014

Building Services Engineering students Ewan McLean, Hania Klinge, James Reid, Stuart Anderson and programme leader Mark Phillipson

Building Services Engineering students Ewan McLean, Hania Klinge, James Reid, Stuart Anderson and programme leader Mark Phillipson

A team from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has travelled to Hong Kong to compete in the finals of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Global Student Challenge over the next two days (24-25 July).

Four students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment successfully negotiated the online qualifying heats to claim their place in the finals.

The final will see the best teams in the world meet at the University of Hong Kong, including those from the host university; RMIT University, Australia; and the University of Greenwich and Loughborough University in the UK.

The GCU team travelling to Hong Kong includes Hania Klinge, Ewan McLean, James Reid and Stuart Anderson. 

Hania, a fourth-year BEng (hons) Building Services Engineering student, said:  “Having secured the place in the finals, we now have this tremendous opportunity to go to Hong Kong to show our potential and what we have learned.”

The competition challenges students to manage their own simulated construction-based company. The aim is to develop students’ leadership skills.

The software supporting the Challenge is MERIT. Developed at Loughborough University and used to train young professionals since 1988, it has been used as part of in-course modules in degree programmes and simulates the management of a construction company.

Teams of four students acting as a board of directors will manage their own simulated company and be responsible for business decisions such as the staffing of head offices; bidding for work; determining the size of the company by the amount of capital invested; and disbursing the profits to shareholders.

Tony Kilpatrick, Head of Department of Construction and Surveying, said: “GCU is the only Scottish university to have reached the final stages of this competition and to be placed second in the qualifiers is already a great achievement. The competition is an opportunity for students to compete with their peers from around the world and to learn from senior members within industry.”

Michael Brown, Deputy Chief Executive at the CIOB, said: “Not only are we offering finalists the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong – funded at the expense of the CIOB, but offering a unique opportunity for the overall winners to engage with some of the world leading experts in construction management.”

He added: “Global Student Challenge is a serious step change in the way that we hope to develop talent. With research indicating that there will be 70% more construction work going on around the world by 2025, we believe that we need to take pertinent and innovative steps to nurture the talent to deliver these estimations.”