Scholarships fund talented students

15 November 2013

Laura Rodriguez-Labajos

Laura Rodriguez-Labajos

Ten students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have been awarded KAR Construction Scholarships which were established by GCU alumnus, Khalid Abdul Rahim, owner of a multi-million construction company in Bahrain.

The KAR Construction Scholarship programme and GCU’s Alumni Relations team hosted a reception for this year’s recipients and staff from across the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Khalid, who graduated with a Masters in Construction Management in 2005, has forged strong links with the University and in July 2010, the scholarship programme worth £250,000 over five years, was launched.

The KAR Construction Scholarship programme has helped support more than 90 students. This year alone, 28 students were selected by their course leaders to travel to Canada, Finland and the United Arab Emirates.

Laura Rodriguez-Labajos, who is studying for an MSc in Energy and Built Environmental Management, has been awarded a £3,000 scholarship plus the opportunity to travel. This is the first year the scholarship has been granted to a postgraduate student.

Laura, 30, from Spain, said: “The scholarship ensures I can pursue my studies and specialise within the energy sector.  It’s an honour and privilege to receive the funding and to have the opportunity to focus on my studies.”

Craig Porteous, 25, from Glasgow, who graduated with an MSc in International Project Management, travelled to the Middle East as part of last year’s academic programme.

Now employed as a Project Controller for leading international construction company, Jacobs, Craig returned to GCU to attend the event. He said: “The chance to travel while studying allows students to exchange ideas as well as practices. It is an opportunity to globally network and see the construction challenges faced in other parts of the world .”

Professor Douglas Greenhalgh, Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, addressed guests at the reception.

He said: “As a University committed to the common good, the KAR Construction Scholarship programme enables us to support and retain talent at GCU. The opportunity to travel and to see construction in practice ensures students stand apart from others and there is no substitute for this. 

“Industries look to universities to produce the very best graduates, and with a scholarship fund based on academic and motivational aspirations, this ensures we continue to widen access to university education and to produce the very best, industry-ready graduates.”