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Munster takes home the top prize in first online CIOB Student Challenge Ireland

Munster Technological University is this year’s winner of the CIOB Student Challenge Ireland.

The team, which comprised Shane Brown, Stephen Donovan, PJ Duggan, and Conor Evans, supported by their lecturer, Joe Kehoe FCIOB, won the first-ever virtual Student Challenge Ireland, beating teams from six other third-level institutes around the country.

Second place was taken by Limerick Institute of Technology and Letterkenny IT came third.

“A future that reflects the global needs of the next wave of talent and younger members”

Mark Beard, CIOB

Donovan said: “We all worked well as a team – each bringing their own knowledge and skillset to each task asked of us.”

The task required the teams to consider a project comprising a warehouse and administrative building. They had to produce a report and presentation which looked at the procurement, risks and programme.

Each team had 10 minutes to present their work, followed by five minutes of questions from the judges. The top three teams were then asked identical questions, based on the task itself and also on an industry topic.

The winners were announced by CIOB president Mark Beard, who spoke of young people being the future of the industry.

He talked about the 2030 Vision Project, which he launched, that ensures CIOB “stays at the vanguard of construction in a future that reflects the global needs of the next wave of talent and younger members”.

Sinead Savage, one of the judges, commented: “This was a very different event to previous years and posed new online challenges for everyone involved.”

The event was sponsored by CIF, Ardmac and Mitchell McDermott.

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