Date of release: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Green Walls in London, effective production machinery, and promoting Fort Amherst in Chatham were just some of the projects given to second year engineering students as part of the Group Business Project this year.

Group Business Project (GBP) is an annual real-life experience game run for the students in the Applied Engineering & Management Department, Faculty of Engineering & Science by Dr Anna Romanova. Students from year 2 form a 'company' and employ students from year 1, to work on a real project offered by real London/Kent based business. On their journey students also have to attend internal and external workshops which are all based around employability skills.

This year's winners are the Global Incorporated team, lead by CEO - Miss Charlotte Glaves, CCO - Miss Priscilla Bampoh, CFO - Mr Peter Bammodu, and Junior members: Miss Karendeep Sangha (collecting the award right), Mr Mahrazul Chowdhury Alam (collecting the award left), Mr Qasim Nadeem and Mr Justin Gasa. The team was exceptionally well organised right from the start, each team member had an artistic personality and desire to succeed which proved to be a perfect match for the Fort Amherst project, where the team had to develop a marketing element for the historical monument.

The representative of Fort Amherst said that 'Working with Global Incorporated on the Heritage Lottery Fund project, Command of the Heights, was a good opportunity for the project partners at Medway Council and Fort Amherst Heritage Trust to engage with younger members of the community, who are not normally visitors to heritage attractions in Medway. Global Inc were enthusiastic about the project and the site as soon as they became involved. As a result of the logo competition run by the team on campus, the winning logo has been developed by our professional graphic designer and taken up by the Command of the Heights project.'

'Students get the chance to apply their learned theory into practice and interact with real businesses which help them to learn how the businesses work/operate and what really matters outside the class room. This also helps some of the graduates to define the future pass way career. Some of our 'clients' offer our students summer placements' says Dr Anna Romanova. 'This is a good way of engaging students into applied learning, which helps to build strong partnership relation with local businesses and strengthen our graduates on their job hunt' says Head of Department Dr Alec Coutroubis.

What the students say:

'GBP was tough, but I have learned many things from it'.
'The presentation were scary, especially in front of everyone'.
'Provides ability to express ideas '.
'Teaches self-dependence'.
'Provides informative and great learning', 'great learning format'.
'Enjoyable real-life process with full-time jobs', 'real life experience'.
'The peer review was fair and motivated all to contribute'.
'My project was exciting and I have enjoyed social surveys'.