Our Finalists

Who will win Global Student Challenge 2021?

Glasgow Construction Corp.

Glasgow Caledonian University

The team is made up of four, hardworking, full-time students in their final year at Glasgow Caledonian University. Jahanzab Khalid, Ross Campbell & Abdullah Ahmad are studying Environmental Civil Engineering, and Scott Pews is studying Building Services Engineering. All four members of the team are enthusiastic students who saw the CIOB Global Student Challenge as an excellent opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge gained through their studies into practice.

Why enter the global student challenge?

Jahanzab Khalid: It all began in Mr. Mark Phillipson’s module, The Engineer in Business, as an internal competition between ten teams within Glasgow Caledonian University. Since the opening lecture to this module, I was highly interested in the challenge and knew it would be an amazing learning experience, to pick up key skills about the interconnectivity between construction and business. Skills which I will be remembering for a lifetime and will help me in the coming months when I will take a step towards my career goals. I love a challenge therefore, the CIOB Global Student Challenge brought out my competitive side and I knew our team would make it to the final and hopefully win this competition like many teams from GCU have done in the past.

Ross Campbell: The opportunity to challenge ourselves through competing with students from around the world, whilst also gaining a better understanding of the construction industry, was a motivating factor for all of us. The skills we have gained through taking part in the competition will only make us better prepared for when we enter the industry in the coming months. So far, juggling the competition and our final-year studying has been a tough but very rewarding experience and we are now just looking forward to the final.

Abdullah Ahmad: The reason as to why I am participating in the CIOB Merit Game is to develop my understanding, knowledge, and skills in the business sector as it is recognised as a valuable quality to have being an aspiring individual. The game allows for students to understand how a business is run from ground-up and allows for other teams to compete against one another and gives the chance for students to reflect on their business decisions and how the decisions impacted their company. The overall CIOB experience and representing the only UK university to take part in the global competition excites me and genuinely makes me proud that our team have made it this far.