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New Zealand team scoop 2021 Global Student Challenge

Wonders, the winning team from Massey University
Massey University’s Wonders see off student rivals to take home a £2,000 cash prize.

A team called Wonders from Massey University in New Zealand were crowned the 2021 Global Student Challenge (GSC) champions this summer, taking home a £2,000 cash prize and the cachet of winning the toughest student competition in the industry.

The students saw off competitors from the UK’s University of Greenwich, the Wellington Institute of Technology in New Zealand, Chongqing University in China and the University of Indonesia.

The annual competition allows construction management students from around the world to apply what they learn in lectures to a real-world scenario. They are tasked to run a virtual firm using the international construction business game Merit.

Teams of four are given data and graphs to help them analyse company performance – including client information, value of contracts, company financials, share price, investments, turnover, profit,
value, overheads, staff and agency, capacity and training costs.

The challenge takes place over four stages starting in March, with the final in June. The 2021 GSC finals took place virtually, alongside the 2021 CIOB Members’ Forum.

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