Qatari high school students visit UWE Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Issue date: 14 May 2014

A team of high school students from the Tarek Bin Zeyad Secondary School, Qatar recently visited UWE Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as prize-winners of a competition to visit the UK to discover more about the British engineering industry. The trip was organised by Professor Saud Ghani, Associate Dean of Development and Industrial Relations and Communications Manager, Osama Omar from College of Engineering, Qatar University.

The students accompanied by Osama Omar and Nabil Kathem, school teacher, were in the UK from 8-15 May to learn more about Britain's engineering expertise which also included industry visits to Williams, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

The students won the prestigious prize after entering a competition, organised by the College of Engineering, to design a car. Their winning entry was presented to industry experts including Richard Noble and the Bloodhound SSC team in March at a VIP lecture on the groundbreaking Bloodhound project as part of the British Festival 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

The University has developed strong links with Qatar University and was the first stop on the tour. The students were accompanied by Dr Hazem Gouda, Programme Manager and taken on a campus tour to exchange experiences with UWE Bristol engineering students, meet staff and view the University's impressive facilities.

There was also the opportunity to meet David Lennard, Business Development Manager, researchers and take a tour of Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), the largest and leading centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. BRL is a collaborative partnership between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners, which lead current thinking in service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering.

The visitors were welcomed to the Faculty of Engineering and Technology by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Professor Paul Olomolaiye and Dr John Lanham, Associate Dean. The Faculty is working closely with the College of Engineering to develop research collaborations and academic programmes in the areas of robotics, engineering, construction, water-security and environmental management.

Dr John Lanham, Associate Dean, Faculty of Environment and Technology, said, “We are very pleased to be developing our links with Qatar University. There are a number of areas – specifically water-security and the application of robotics for assisted living – where there appears to be strong alignment between our work and work at QU. Additionally we were delighted to host the student group and am very pleased that the visit has motivated and engaged the students.”

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