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KU BSc Student Takes Third Place in EuroSkills Competition

November 2, 2021

After taking first place in the EmiratesSkills competition in the CNC Turning category, BSc in Computer Science student Hanan Ahmed Alshamsi went on to represent the UAE in the same category at EuroSkills 2021 in Graz, Austria. 

 

After taking first place in the EmiratesSkills competition in the CNC Turning category, BSc in Computer Science student Hanan Ahmed Alshamsi went on to represent the UAE in the same category at EuroSkills 2021 in Graz, Austria. She was the first UAE representative to compete in the CNC category, which stands for Computer Numerical Control Turning, used to produce the precise and interactive parts of complex products from smartphones to airplanes.

 

EuroSkills is a vocational skills competition staged as a European championship every two years. The competition focuses on the outstanding achievements of young, talented, and skilled professionals, with around 400 participants competing in vocational categories from the industrial, craft, and service sectors.

 

“Having the opportunity to participate in EuroSkills was one of the best and most challenging experiences in my life,” Hanan said. “I trained for 7 to 10 hours every day, including weekends, for three months before the competition, while still keeping up with my university workload to stay on my graduation plan.

 

The UAE was one of only three guest countries, which meant that while we were part of the competition, we didn’t get medals, but the opportunity to go and gain experience and make connections was our reason for going.

 

It was definitely challenging. I was up against people who had been training full-time for over three years on a completely different machine than the one I trained on. Despite that, I performed really well and took third place.”

 

For her first time competing in an international competition and despite her limited time training and other commitments to her studies, Hanan showcased her talent and expertise in CNC turning, taking third place in her category. Her visit to EuroSkills 2021 was a stop on the journey to the 2022 WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai, where she will test her abilities against the best of the best in the world.

 

Jade Sterling
Science Writer
2 November 2021