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Balmoral Offshore Engineering rewards MSc Project Management students


Three postgraduate students at Robert Gordon University's (RGU) Aberdeen Business School (ABS) have benefited from an annual £5,000 sponsorship package from north-east subsea buoyancy specialist, Balmoral Offshore Engineering.

Balmoral chairman and MD Jim Milne congratulates the winning RGU students on their achievements. Left to right: Hasan Bin Sohail, Jim Milne, Mutaz Abu-Zaid, Atiah Stephens.The Aberdeen-based company has supported the Business School’s MSc Project Management programme since 2007 with the annual prize fund which is shared among the three top students on the course.

The winner of this year’s award was Mutaz Abu-Zaid with his paper which focused on recurring failures and risk management in experienced organisations. He received a cheque for £2,500 at the prize giving presentation on Thursday, December 19.

For the first time in the award’s eight-year history, there was a tie for runner up place with papers on knowledge creation and stakeholder engagement by Hasan Bin Sohail and Atiah Stephens respectively. Both students received a cheque for £1,250.

Jim Milne, chairman and MD at Balmoral, said: “We are delighted to partner Aberdeen Business School in this prestigious prize. Balmoral is committed to the local and academic communities and I am encouraged that the relationship between the two organisations has been reinforced by this initiative.

“We all know how competitive today’s business environment is. Every employer looks for someone who has something extra; a sparkle that makes them stand out from the crowd. I believe our three winning students characterise a new breed of professional managers.”

MSc Project Management course leader, Langes Supramaniam, said: “This award is of enormous benefit to the students and the support from a company as successful as Balmoral Offshore Engineering speaks volumes about the way in which this course is perceived by industry.

“Our close links with industry are what we are all about, producing the type of graduates that business wants and business needs. The generous financial award will provide students with an excellent start to their project management careers. It is really encouraging to have a company such as Balmoral recognise the significance of the work of our Project Management students.”

MSc Project Management Lecturer, Sheonagh Rowley, said: “Both the students and the lecturers involved within the course appreciate Balmoral’s involvement with the course.  This year’s presentation was especially enjoyable as Jim Milne was able to personally make the award and spend some time with the students and offer some really valuable advice as they start their careers in project management.”

Launched in September 2006 by Aberdeen Business School, the MSc in Project Management is a management development programme suitable for new graduates and experienced project managers including project professionals at any stage of their career wishing to develop their professional practice and gain a qualification in their specialist area.

The course is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and PMI’s (Project Management Institute) GAC (Global Accreditation Centre). Aberdeen Business School is also a Registered Educational Provider (REP) through this course. Both APM and PMI are the discipline's leading international professional bodies.

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