Two Nigerian Students Among Top 30 in New Zealand’s Architecture and Construction Industry

Two Nigerian students, Angela Odiete and Oludolapo Olanrewaju, have been recognized as among the top 30 students in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management (AECM) industry sector in New Zealand. Additionally, they have achieved the distinction of being listed among the top 10 students in construction management in the country.

As part of their achievement, Odiete and Olanrewaju have been awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, to participate in a three-day client brief challenge. During this event, students will collaborate to create innovative solutions addressing industry issues, with the winning team receiving a $10,000 prize.

The competition, known as ArchEngBuild, is an annual event that brings together top students from various tertiary institutions across New Zealand. The organisers, Brandz, announced the selected participants on LinkedIn, stating, “We are excited to announce the following 30 students have been selected to compete in the 2024 edition of ArchEngBuild. The students will compete in teams to solve a real-world building and construction challenge – with a winning prize of $10,000.”

The participants, representing nine tertiary institutions, arrived in Ōtautahi Christchurch for the competition. They began their journey by hearing from industry experts and touring the Tūranga Central Library, before diving into the challenge in teams of three.

The participating institutions include:

  • University of Canterbury
  • Unitec
  • The University of Auckland
  • Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • WelTec
  • Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

This recognition highlights the exceptional talent and potential of Nigerian students in the global architecture and construction industry, showcasing their ability to compete and excel on an international stage.

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