UAE study trip broadens students’ horizons

13 May 2013

UAE study trip broadens students’ horizons

Students on the study trip

Construction students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment enjoyed the trip of a lifetime with a study tour of the United Arab Emirates.

The trip was funded from the KAR Construction Scholarship Fund, donated to the University by alumnus Khalid Abdul Rahim, CEO of multi-million dollar construction company, Cebarco Bahrain.

Students began their adventure in Abu Dhabi with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and construction companies Jacobs and EC Harris. They also had the opportunity to visit the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Circuit on Yas Island, which was built by Cebarco.

Head of Department of Construction and Surveying, Tony Kilpatrick, said: "These trips are important in getting Scottish students out into the international market. Many of our students wouldn't even have considered working overseas but by providing them with a safe experience, they can gain first-hand knowledge from people working in these areas which helps them to realise their potential when they graduate. We are extremely grateful to Khalid for his continued generous support in funding this scheme."

The trip included three nights in Dubai where students toured the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa - which featured in the film Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol - Burj Al Arab and the local souks and bazaars.

MSc student Robert Seyara, who is studying International Project Management, said: "The study tour was a life-changing experience for me. I have seen and appreciated the Arabic cultural values and expressions through the various construction projects we visited and interaction with the local people. Additionally, I have gained valuable knowledge concerning formulation and delivery of world class construction projects."

The Khalid Abdul Rahim Construction Scholarship Programme provides funding for international study tours, scholarships and prizes for construction students in the School of Engineering and Built Environment. It was officially launched in July 2010 and will run for an initial period of five years.