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University Challenge in Northern Ireland pits students vs professionals

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The University Challenge Northern Ireland winners receive their prizes

Tomorrow’s Leaders in Northern Ireland held its first University Challenge in April.

The event consisted of two rounds: a debate on ‘Has the construction industry changed for better in last 10 years?’ and a quiz.

The event was organised by Northern Ireland Hub TL rep Nouman Qadir MCIOB, and sponsored by Hays and CIOB Northern Ireland Hub.

Roger Gillespie, chair of Construction Industry Council Northern Ireland, and Jonathan Payne, chair of CIOB NI Hub, attended the event as chief guests.

Judges for the competition were Stephen Mcilwaine, programme director of the Construction and Project Management programme of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB); Faris Elghaish MCIOB, programme director of Construction and Project Management with Internship of QUB; Amanda Stevenson, project manager at CITB; and Jonathan Payne.

Five teams took part – three student teams from QUB, a TL Champions team and a team of experienced professionals from CIOB NI Hub. The TL Champions team was the winner and the student QUB team the runner-up.

Qadir said the event was a resounding success: “The participants, attendees and students engaged in vibrant discussions, exchanging insights, and forged meaningful connections.

“The expert professionals shared valuable advice on career development and industry trends.The students left inspired, equipped with new contacts and empowered to pursue their goals.

He said: “We will be working to make it a bigger and better success next year.”

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