Hong Kong plays host to CIOB Global Student Challenge finals

The University of Hong Kong will host the finals of the Chartered Institute of Building’s Global Student Challenge on 24 – 25 July 2014.

The initiative, which was announced on 30 October 2013 by the CIOB, aims to help identify and mold the construction leaders of tomorrow.

Universities in Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and the US have already signed up teams to compete in the challenge and the top six best-performing teams during the competition will be flown out to Hong Kong to compete in the finals.

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 concluded: “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 on these estimations.”

Winners of the competition will receive an invitation to a prestigious leadership development group where they will receive mentoring and assistance in their career development.

The competition utilises MERIT software which has been used to train young professionals since 1998. MERIT enables students to develop business management skills and implement them into a technical construction environment.

Registration for the competition closes in February 2014. For more information and to register, visit www.ciobglobalstudentchallenge.com.


The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction.

We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.
We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend on stownsend@ciob.org.uk or +44 (0) 1344 630 766.