Student receives prestigious award

QE Award
Waleed Anabtawi

8th May 2015

An Aston University student has been given a prestigious award for his outstanding and innovative contributions towards construction building and design.

Waleed Anabtawi was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Fund Award by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The accolade recognises some of the UK’s best and brightest young minds in the field of construction who have shown particular zeal in their undergraduate studies.

Every year, each university and educational institution in the country with CIOB accreditation nominate and award one outstanding student with the honour.

At Aston, Waleed was commended for his motivation, ambition and academic performance during the second year of his Construction Project Management degree. His lecturers also stated they believed him capable of making a significant impact in the construction industry.

Waleed, aged 20, said: "The award has such great meaning and value to me. I’m very proud to be recognised by a professional body such as the CIOB. I worked very hard and it feels fantastic to be acknowledged. Aston University and my lecturers gave me the opportunity to excel, and provided continuous support, for me to be able to win this award.

"The past three years at this University have been the experience of a life time. At Aston, you do not only get taught, you actually learn. It has such a great atmosphere and support network, and I am happy and proud to call myself a student of Aston University."

After completing his degree, enterprising Waleed intends to forge a successful career in construction management. He hopes to one day own his own business in the industry.

In addition to the CIOB certificate, Waleed was given a prize fund of £500 by the organisation. The CIOB, founded in 1834, is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.


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