MERIT 2014

MERIT 2014 and CIOB Global Student Challenge

1) Information for student games can be found by clicking on the Universities button on the home page of


2) CIOB Global Student Challenge See


The Global first phase of Student Challenge is now competed the six teams qualifying for the Grand Final in Hong Kong on 24/25 July are: Hong Kong University's 'Quad' who held the top spot in the last round that they took over from Glasgow Caledonian's 'McRanked' in the previous peiod, 'McRanked' held their second place; RMIT's 'CM Team 2' and University of Greenwich's '3CL Construction' held onto places 3 and 4 in the final round; Hong Kong University's other team 'SQUARE' moved up from 6 to 5 displacing Loughborough's 'Corinth' who nevertheless managed to remain in the top six. So for these teams there is much to celebrate. The Hong Kong Final will be based at HKU and the teams will play a futher eight rounds competing against each other.It promises tobe intense. The CIOB will arrange other acivites and invite senior industrilists to meet the Finalists. It should be a wonderful experience for the student teams.



The CIOB are looking to identify the industry’s future leaders globally.

These future leaders, to be invited to be part of a prestigious leadership development programme will be decided by a competitive process - the CIOB Global Student Challenge. MERIT; the competitive construction based business game will be the Challenge. 



The Challenge is open to teams from:


- all universities accredited by the CIOB


- all universities recognised by the CIOB through reciprocity agreements




The CIOB in identifying potential future leaders will offer on-going mentoring and support in their careers. To have the prestige of being the first CIOB Global Student Challenge Champions will raise the profile of the winning University.




•           The Global Student Challenge Champions will be awarded the prestigious Global Student Challenge Cup, to be known as the Crane Award, for display in their University. More importantly the Champions will be invited to be members of the prestigious leadership development group where they will receive mentoring and assistance in their career development with the aim of producing tomorrow’s leaders. Membership of this elite group will have privileged access to senior industrial figures who will offer career advice.




The key dates are:




•           October 2013 onwards - Registration.


•           November 2013 and January 2014 - Trialling.


•           February/March 2014 - Registered teams will participate in the first phase of the online game.


•         Early July - CIOB will sponsor  Tutors and the top six teams from the on-line first pahse to compete in the Finals at alocation to be announced in the far east.







Hong Kong Mass Transit Railways team ‘Synergy’ won the Championship of MERIT 2014


After the early competition where 90 teams from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, India, the USA and the Netherlands competed against a computer simulation, the top six met at Loughborough University to play out a two-day final, competing against each other as well as the computer .


The six teams and their positions coming into the final were.


MTR’s ‘Professional Passionate Engineers’


Atkins Hong Kong’s ‘Prevail’


MTR’s ‘Synergy’


Arup’s ‘AgRUP of MEN’


Mott MacDonald’s ‘Buckingham Palace’


Arup’s ‘It’s all Ova now’


‘Synergy’ coming into the Final in third position progressed through the final eight rounds showing an improvement in performance in each round, the only team to do so. In a tightly fought final between the two MTR teams ‘Professional Passionate Engineers’ were in first place in five of the final rounds, ‘Synergy’ gained the top spot twice but fell back to lie second in the penultimate round and then they produced a final surge to overtake their colleagues to end in the top spot.


Last year an MTR team was overtaken in the last round by an ARUP team, this year an MTR team was again overtaken in the last round but this time by another MTR team!


So congratulations go to Gordon Kwok, Dickie Chan, Henry Lam, Ellen Wong, Davy Chan and Dave Cheung who have become Hong Kong’s first MERIT Champions and the ICE Silver Salver was presented to them by David Kyte of the Management Board


The Sponsors Award was won by Mott MacDonald and Andy Thomas attended to be presented by the award by Mick Guy of CITB. This was the third time that Mott Mac has won the Sponsors Award.


Next year’s MERIT will be the 25th and plans are being made to make it special, these will be announced over the summer.