A University of Wolverhampton student from the Dominican Republic has won a national award for an essay she wrote on construction management
Angelica Salas was among 23 students from the Central American country who came to Wolverhampton last year to study Masters programs as part of an initiative sponsored by her government.
Angelica (22), who is from Santo Domingo, is studying an MSc in Civil Engineering Management and was encouraged to enter the national student essay competition run by the Joint Tribunals Commission (JCT).
Working to the title of What can be done to simplify construction? her entry looked at how the concepts of lean construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM) could be applied to the design stages of a project to simplify the whole construction process.
Judges picked out her essay as the outstanding entry and Angelica received a £1,000 cash prize at an awards ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on Thursday 12 June 2014, beating off competition from students from Kings College, London and University of Cambridge.
Angelica said: “I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had been picked out as the winner. When I entered I never even considered that my entry may win.
“It feels amazing to know that I have won a competition open to students from across the UK. My family and friends went crazy when I told them the news.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the University of Wolverhampton, it really has been a great opportunity. The weather and life is very different than back home but it has been easy to adapt to.”
When Angelica finishes her course in October she plans to stay in Wolverhampton to do a PhD in transport at the University.
She added: This is an area I have become very interested in during my MSc and I think that I can gain and develop vital knowledge and skills that I can then take back to the Dominican Republic and help my country.
“I would definitely recommend studying at a UK university like Wolverhampton.”
Angela Nash, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Built Environment at the University said: “Angelica’s essay formed part of her assessment for a postgraduate module in Construction Project Management Strategy. The assessment was composed with entry to this competition in mind and her essay was so good that I recommended that she enter. I am delighted that she did, with only hours to spare to the deadline. I’d like to congratulate Angelica both on the award and for reacting swiftly to a wonderful opportunity.”
A University of Wolverhampton project to develop entrepreneurship in Nigeria has clinched a top business award
The international collaboration with the University of Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria aims to increase the number of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in a country troubled by political and civil unrest.
The project won the Collaborative Impact Award at the PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards held in Cardiff last week. The University was also a finalist in the same category for its local business support through the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre.
Marc Fleetham, Director of Business Solutions at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to have won this major award, which is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of all at the University. Our international partnership working has clearly demonstrated the impact you can have when dedicated, passionate people collaborate successfully together in a way which benefits both our academics, students and the wider community.”
The project has involved the University’s Business Solutions Centre working with the University of Maiduguri in Northern Nigeria to develop a knowledge exchange programme focused on the development and growth of SMEs.
The programme was developed over a number of visits by academics from both institutions against a background of political and civil unrest in Nigeria.
A joint team was set up between both universities which engaged with the Nigerian Banking sector to develop a Greenhouse Investment Fund (GIF), using their Corporate Social Responsibility Funds.
The team are working with four Nigerian banks in relation to GIF and talking to the Central Bank of Nigeria regarding second round funding to create a sustainable £250,000 financial support fund for future business start-ups.
The Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre is a collaboration between the University of Wolverhampton, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Wolverhampton City Council.
International experts in forestry management are taking part in a specialist training programme at the University of Wolverhampton.
More than 40 participants from 13 countries in Africa and Asia are taking part in the Improving Forestry Governance programme at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus.
It is the fifth year the University’s Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) has run the successful course which is aimed at Government regulators, the private sector, academics and journalists.
The six-week course looks at the reasons for poor forest management and ways to improve the situation. Run throughout May and June, it is taught in French and English, and this year also in Spanish for the first time.
The 42 participants on this year’s course are from countries such as Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala.
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