Chevening Scholarships for developing world tripled

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ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission Pakistan spokesperson on Friday said Chevening Scholarships are an important element in supporting Britain’s work overseas.“The increase in Chevening Scholarships for 2015-16 will boost the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s reach and efforts to engage in developing countries and emerging powers,” the spokesperson said. The Budget announced on 19 March included a tripling of Chevening places in developing countries for the 2015-16 academic year. Chevening Scholarships are the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship programme aimed at future leaders, influencers and decision-makers. It will increase the number of outstanding young professionals, who have already displayed exceptional leadership talents, studying in the UK.“Over the past 30 years the Chevening scholarship programme in Pakistan has enabled more than 1200 Pakistanis to study in the UK. These students came from across Pakistan and from many sectors, including local and central government, business and industry, civil society and the media. We are proud of Pakistani Chevening alumni and the important contribution they are making towards Pakistan’s development. This demonstrates that Chevening not only brings immediate benefits for individual scholars but also long-term benefits for both Pakistan and the UK. It is a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries.“The UK is committed to working in partnership with Pakistan at all levels of education, from primary level to university. Education is Pakistan’s biggest asset and the UK’s largest investment. These scholarships are an important part of UK’s wider engagement on education in Pakistan, which includes training teachers, building schools and increasing primary school enrolment.”Chevening Scholars are carefully selected from thousands of applicants to study at universities across the UK. Scholars are exposed to British values, culture and diversity through the duration of a one-year Master’s course which helps them gain an understanding and appreciation of what it is like to live and study in Britain. The additional funding will bring over 1,000 more potential future leaders to the UK to study at UK universities. This means in the 2015-16 academic year, the UK will have more than 1,500 Chevening Scholars in total. All countries on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients will be eligible for additional scholarship places. The distribution of these places will be decided in the coming months and will be determined by the UK’s security and prosperity priorities in developing countries and emerging powers.The spokesperson further said that the applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at www.chevening.org. Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject areas will be available on the country pages ofwww.chevening.org.

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