By Tayiba Ahmed
Waleed Hijazi, an American University of Sharjah (AUS) alumnus, was awarded the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Global Scholarship, called the Chevening Scholarship. Hijazi, who graduated from the American University of Sharjah College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in Fall 2013, will receive full tuition and living expenses coverage to attend to Imperial College London to pursue a Master of Science in Transport and Business Management. The program is run jointly by Imperial College London and the University College London.
Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders and is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organizations. It offers future leaders, influencers and decision-makers from all over the world the opportunity to develop professionally and academically, and to build lasting positive relationships within the UK, while also experiencing the country’s culture.
Hijazi explained that the Chevening Scholarship is a great opportunity. “I have planned to continue my graduate studies in a top university, and now Chevening is the reason behind achieving my next milestone.”
According to Hijazi, the competition for the scholarship was very tough and applicants had to go for round after round of assessments and evaluations. “But I was able to come out on top and win the scholarship mainly because of the good preparation I received at American University of Sharjah.”
“Sometimes students don’t appreciate how good AUS is. But the university offers the best nurturing environment both academically and in extracurricular activities. I did my best to do well in class and to participate in as many AUS clubs and activities as I could, and this became very helpful for me in the evaluation process as my experience made me stand out above other applicants,” said Hijazi.
During his studies at AUS, Hijazi won the prestigious Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship (2012), the Top Active Student Award (2011), and graduated with high honors (magna cum laude). He was an active member in the AUS community, taking active roles in the various AUS clubs and organizations such as vice president of the Arabian Cultural Club (Fall 2010), president of the Palestinian Cultural Club (Fall 2011), vice president of the Student Council (Fall 2012), a co-founder of the Performing Arts Club (Fall 2012), president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Fall 2013), a team leader in the AUS Leadership Program (2011) a member of the Conduct Council Hearing Board (Fall 2012) and a volunteer with Community Services. Recently, while working at the multinational engineering firm AECOM, he initiated a partnership discussion between AUS and AECOM, which will allow the integration of academia and the industry.
Hijazi highlighted the importance of utilizing all the opportunities offered at American University of Sharjah. After experiencing first-hand how participation in extracurricular activities gave him an edge and enabled him to be awarded this prestigious scholarship, he wants to encourage all students to participate fully in both academic and non-academic AUS activities and events. “I believe that participation in extracurricular activities is as important as the academic preparation. AUS offers multiple opportunities for the students and they are responsible for making their time at AUS valuable and count toward their future” he added.
Tayiba Ahmed is a student at American University of Sharjah.
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