The challenge utilises MERIT (Management Enterprise Risk Innovation and Teamwork), an online game which simulates the management of a construction company. Teams of four students are tasked with managing their own virtual construction company.
Each team is required to make tough strategic and operational decisions; decisions about marketing, estimating, tendering, finance and personnel management.
The top six teams will be invited to compete in Toronto, with the winners receiving mentoring from Past Presidents of the CIOB. Global Student Challenge is a unique training and development opportunity which exposes students to the skills and knowledge required at board level. It encourages participating students to acquire and develop these skills as early as possible.
Format of the Game
Global Student Challenge is run as an online interactive game.
You’ll form a team of four, and the game is designed so that each of you will take on a role such as managing director or financial manager.
Teamwork is an integral part of the game and the game relies on all members of the group working together to achieve operational and financial results.
There are six weekly rounds as part of the main game, and eight further rounds will be played at the finals. Each round represents a trading quarter, and your company’s performance will be rated against key performance indicators and compared with the other teams.
How do we play the game?
Your team need to be from the same university and each studying a built environment or related subject. Each university can nominate up to five teams, only one of which can represent the university at the finals.
After you register the group’s tutor will receive login details for the game and you can all get stuck in testing the challenge out.