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Still time to enter Global Student Challenge

Entries close on 7 April for student teams of four

The CIOB annual Global Student Challenge (GSC) begins its first phase next month, but there’s still time to register for university teams that want to take part.

The GSC is an online construction business game open to students across the world, studying an honours course within the built environment. Run by the CIOB, it provides built environment students with an opportunity to apply their learning to a real-world scenario of running their own virtual construction company.

The competition utilises MERIT, an online game which simulates the management of a construction company.

Teams of four are tasked with managing their own virtual construction company. How you organise the team is up to you – but the CIOB recommends that each team member takes a specific managerial role.

There are six weekly rounds in the Early Years stage of the competition. Each team will be scored each week against key performance indicators, and this score will determine the position with the overall competition rankings. The top six teams will become our finalists.

Entry is open now and will close on 7 April. The first phase of competition begins on 15 March when teams access the software and set strategy. Phase Three starts in April and sees six rounds of competition, taking place over six weeks. 

The top six teams will be announced as finalists on 25 May. The finals week is scheduled to be held virtually in June. 

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