As part of the ‘World Workplace Europe 2023’ conference, which took place on 22 and 23 March in Rotterdam, IFMA EMEA organised the ‘FM Student Challenge’.
The FM Student Challenge provides a special opportunity for students to develop their skills and capabilities through a team challenge, make contacts with potential employers and fellow FM students. The winning team included three Belgian students.
Students who felt attracted to the challenge Metsen applied in advance with a cover letter. The IFMA FM Student Challenge was aimed at students in their Bachelor or Master programme.
A few weeks prior to ‘IFMA World Workplace Europe’, the selected students engaged in virtual teamwork. To conclude the conference, they made a live presentation to the audience and jury on 23 March.
The winners developed proposals around what they considered an ideal 15′ displacement between everything that is part of daily life. In doing so, they transcended commuting, but see a future in collaborations between Facility Managers of companies and city authorities, retail managers, housing promoters, etc. to achieve diversity and interweaving of all functions and services involved in daily life.
The short travel times are not only comfortable and to some extent soothing, they also significantly help reduce the ecological footprint resulting from travel.
The winning team:
- Rani Van Slembrouck, Odisee University College Ghent student
- Mathias De Roeck, student Odisee University College Ghent
- Gaël Vervoort, Universitat Autonomia de Barcelona (UAB), graduated Master in Facility Management from Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (HEPL)
- Jesse Geertsma, International Facility Management student Hanzehogeschool Groningen (NL)
For the first time, both students from the Dutch-speaking and French-speaking Facility Management programmes are represented and are making their mark internationally as a team. Congratulations!