Our Past Winners

Since the competition began in 2014, we’ve had seven victorious teams.

2020 Winners - DGC Toronto, George Brown College

A team from Toronto has been announced as the winners of the seventh annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge competition, after facing a fiercely competitve international field. The winning team are DGC Toronto, a team of four final-year students studying for the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) at George Brown College, a university which also made it to the finals in 2019.

The award was collected virtually due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. However, this did not impact the incredible efforts made by each team, the standard of which has been just as strong as previous years.

2019 Winners - Kanigara Banu, Universitas Indonesia

A team of Indonesian construction students has beaten stiff competition from Canada, the US, China and Australia to win this year’s Global Student Challenge. Team Kanigara Banu from Universitas Indonesia is the first from the country to make the finals in the contest that sees teams from all over the world act as directors of virtual construction companies. In knock-out rounds over several months they respond to scenarios and are judged against numerous indicators including including gross profit to turnover ratio, capital employed, margin, share price, client satisfaction, and more.


2018 Winners - Stalwart Construction Group, George Brown College

A team from Toronto has won the fifth annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge competition, facing a fiercely competitive international field. The Stalwart Construction Group, as they named themselves, from George Brown College, are the first Canadian team to make the finals. They collected their award from CIOB President Chris Soffe at his Inaugural Dinner, in one of his first official acts as President earlier this month.

The winning team receives £2000 in prize money, along with access to a unique mentoring programme, with industry leaders offering advice and guidance to support their professional development.

The final this year saw a number of familiar faces. Breaking the streak of Glasgow Caledonian University, after three victories in a row, the UK contingent still put on a good show. A RMIT team, Trojan Corporation, came second whilst the team from Loughborough University came third, placing strongly in the final for the second year in a row.

The other finalists were Sense4 from Chongqing University (China), Profiteer Projects from Curtin University (Australia) and Cambridge University Revolutionary Building (UK).

2017 Winners - Tartan Construction, Glasgow Caledonian University

Yes they can.

Glasgow Caledonian University claimed a third consecutive victory in Global Student Challenge 2017.

Tartan Construction had a tougher time than their predecessors, Cali Construction, only getting to the top spot towards the final rounds of what turned out to be a hard-fought final.

The other finalists teams were from University of Cambridge, Loughborough University, University of Melbourne, Chongqing University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Tartan Construction were awarded their prize at the Global Student Challenge Awards Dinner, held at the Novotel Century Hong Kong, by CIOB Past 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.

2016 Winners - Cali Construction, Glasgow Caledonian University

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.”

2015 Winners - Saltire, Glasgow Caledonian University

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, he said:

“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.”

2014 Winners - RMIT CM Team 2, RMIT University

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.”