Meeting Merali Scholars at National University of Civil Engineering on May 14th, 2017

On May 16, 2017

On May 14, 2017, at the University of Civil Engineering, a group of Merali Scholars met for their first semester of the 2016-2017 year. They voted on their team leader and discussed a study group, as well as summer activities.

  (Merali female students)

The results of the first semester of 2016 – 2017 have marked the breakthrough of the Merali girls. Compared with the results of previous semesters, the number of students being under the average was only 25% (compared with 55% of the previous semester and 70% of the first semester. 75% of them have GPA scores above 2.0 (Excellent: 3%, Good: 3%, Moderate: 35%, Average: 35%).

Regarding the team leader vote, due to the random arrangement, as well as the differences in address of the students, the group was not able to organize many activities. They made the recommendation to divide themselves into groups based on who lives near each other and studies in the same faculty in order to meet more consistently. As a result, they were divided into nine groups of four students each.

To support them in the next semester, a tutorial issue was considered and a schedule from May 20 to June 13 was made including 11 subjects: Structural Mechanics 1, Geodesy, Building Materials, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Strength of Materials, Strength 2, Electronics, Hydraulics, Engineering, Engineering

Students have been giving feedback on tutorials effectively, but there are some remaining issues. For example, students hope to get part-time jobs or internships within their field, or to have access to other activities to help them develop their soft skills and English. Additionally, students have been looking forward to an increase in studying and finances in order to decrease working time and stay focused on school.