Two talented BEng Mechatronics students have earned a place in Squad UK for the WorldSkills international finals in Abu Dhabi 2017, after picking up silver medals in the national competition at Birmingham's NEC.
Competing at the event during The Skills Show, the largest skills and careers event in the UK, Meliha Beglerovic and Mehnaz Mahaboob beat stiff competition in the Mechatronics category.
They will now go on an 18-month training programme to qualify for a place in Team UK to represent their country. The current Squad UK includes three teams, two from Toyota and one from Middlesex University.
"It feels great," said Meliha. "We didn't really expect to win silver as the other teams were so good, but we worked hard and earned it.
"It is a confirmation of our skills in the field, which is what the Skills Show is all about – showcasing skills and challenging oneself through competition to become even better."
More than 78,000 people attended the three-day event from 19 to 21 November 2015, with a total of 58 competitions held across a range of skill areas.
Middlesex University's School of Science and Technology played a big role at the event, hosting a huge Have-A-Go stand staffed by students and academics from across the School's five departments.
Head of Design Engineering and Mathematics Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu believes the silver medals are deserved reward for the hard work the pair put in to the competition.
"Mechatronics is one of the most competitive skills in the UK and internationally and our team have done very well to earn their place in the Squad UK," he said.
"The international competition is even more competitive as typically over 30 countries take part. My sincere congratulations go to Meliha and Mehnaz. I have heard nothing but praise from the two international chief experts judging the competition, about their professionalism and high level of skill. We are all very proud of them."