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MRM And The Association Of Construction Managers Of Kenya (ACMK) | Launch The Annual Student Competition

What would happen if the construction crew failed to turn up, or regulators halted work due to an accident or a similar incident? These are the scenarios that happen daily at construction sites but unfortunately, their solutions are rarely taught in the classroom.  

These are the knowledge and skills that the next generation of construction professionals need. The launch of this student competition exclusively for universities offering the construction management course is set to not only challenge their skills but also ignite their passion for building a sustainable future.  

On 13 September 2023, university students from across five universities in Kenya gathered to witness the launch of the annual student competition by ACMK in partnership with MRM. The universities taking part in the competition are University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University for Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, Technical University of Kenya and the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. The event marked the official opening of the competition, inviting students to embark on a journey of innovation, sustainability, and construction excellence.  

The launch event, held at MRM’s Nairobi offices created an ambiance of anticipation and enthusiasm. Attendees, including students, faculty members, industry professionals, and sponsors, gathered to witness the unveiling of this year’s competition theme and challenges. Attendees listened as the theme for this year’s competition was revealed “Sustainable Development.” The cheers and applause that followed were a testament to the relevance of sustainability in today’s construction landscape. Students then received comprehensive guidelines on how to register their teams, access competition materials, and submit their proposals 

To kickstart the event, distinguished keynote speakers from ACMK, University Representatives, MRM, and previous winners delivered inspiring speeches. They shared insights on the significance of sustainability in construction, the role of innovation in shaping the future, and the limitless potential that university students hold in driving change. 

As the launch event drew to a close, the organizers unveiled the array of prizes awaiting the winners. The winning group will receive a Sh30,000 award, the second Sh20,000, and the third Sh15,000. 

As the construction industry evolves to meet the demands of the 21st century, these competitions are cultivating the talent necessary to drive this transformation forward all while championing sustainability and innovation.