One of the questions we’ve been asking since last year is whether Glasgow Caledonian University could make it a second year in a row.

Turns out they could.

Cali Construction have been crowned Global Student Challenge Champions 2016. Throughout the final, they consistently maintained their position at the top of the group, whilst the other teams were constantly moving up and down.

The team were awarded their prize at the Presidents’ Inaugural Dinner, held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, by CIOB President Paul Nash. They will also receive £2000 in prize money along with access to mentoring from industry leaders who will offer advice and guidance with their professional development.

Cali Construction team member Peter McElroy said, “Winning topped off what was a fantastic event. Everyone involved was part of something very special. Our team had a real blend of personalities, but with a common purpose. The clear strategy, listening and compromising gave us our best results.”

Saltire from Glasgow Calendonian University, UK.

Congratulations to Saltire, the winning team of Global Student Challenge 2015 from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Saltire were not only the second team in the last six years to start and end the finals in first place, but they managed it whilst remaining in first place during the entire finals. Despite making an error in entering figures on the first day, Saltire held their place and were crowned winners.

The victorious team have won a cash prize and will be mentored by industry leaders. Dale Mason from Saltire appreciated the learning opportunity that playing the game presents: Dale Mason appreciated the learning opportunity playing the game presents:

“The best thing about this competition is the business learning side. It’s a massive learning curve, seeing things not just in terms of calculations and equations but in terms of the outcomes of your decisions.”

If you’d like to be in their shoes next year, make sure you register for Global Student Challenge 2016 now.

Fredrick Austin, Oscar Macleod Savage, Luke Mitrione and Joel Mitchell from RMIT University Australia

They are all studying for their Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management. Each team member will receive mentoring from a CIOB Past President.

Joel Mitchell will be mentored by Alan Crane CBE, Luke Mitirione by Bob Heathfield, Frederick Austin by James Wates.

Joel Mitchell said the team was thrilled to win the competition. “Not only were we obviously ecstatic that we won a global event such as this, but we also had the opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals from other areas of the planet,” he said.

“It’s these contacts, and the CIOB network we have been introduced to, that we will really benefit from throughout our careers.

“We were really very impressed with how well we worked together. The challenge was very intricate, and with tight timeframes to submit data in the finals – it just wouldn’t have worked unless you worked as a team.”