GCU engineering students are UKs best at Global Challenge

25 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) finished as top UK university at the finals of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Global Student Challenge in Hong Kong.

Four students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment successfully negotiated the challenge to finish second overall, just points behind overall winners RMIT, Australia.

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

The GCU team included students Hania Klinge, Ewan McLean, James Reid and Stuart Anderson. 

The competition challenged the students to manage their own simulated construction-based company, with the aim of developing their leadership skills.

The software supporting the Challenge was 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 had to 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.

Module Leader Mark Phillipson, who travelled to Hong Kong with the students, said: “I think second place in a global competition is excellent and I am delighted when you consider some of the names that placed below us.”

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.”