ISLAMABAD: The UK is sending 64 Pakistani scholars to study a one year Master’s programme and short-term fellowships in the UK, funded by the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening programme.
A number of the selected scholars and fellows from Islamabad were presented certificates, ahead of their departure to the UK, by the British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew, at a reception in Islamabad on Monday (13th August).
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds, and offers full financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university.
The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said: “I am delighted to announce that this year we will be sending 64 Pakistanis to study at some of the best universities in the world. Chevening scholars and fellows get a wonderful opportunity to study fully-funded courses in the UK and experience the best of UK culture. There is also a unique opportunity to network extensively with Chevening scholars from around the world and develop long-lasting professional and personal relationships.
“The experience of being a Chevening alumnus does not stop at the point of study. Former Chevening scholars and fellows become part of a lifelong community, joining a strong network with each other and with the British High Commission after their studies are complete”.
Thomas Drew said; “I am confident that these scholars and fellows will have an enjoyable and rewarding experience and return to contribute to a bright and prosperous future for Pakistan.”
The Chevening scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Masters programme at any UK university. The scholarship programme provides a unique opportunity to future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, to build networks, to experience UK culture, and to form lasting positive relationships with the UK. This year, 62 Pakistanis have been awarded Chevening scholarships – including 23 women.
This year Chevening scholars and fellows hail from all parts of Pakistan and are going to study in diverse fields including law, marketing, public service, environment, development and public policy.
Applications for the 2019/2020 Chevening Scholarships can be submitted through the online application system until 6 November 2018. For more details please visit www.chevening.org In Pakistan, over 1,650 scholars have availed the Chevening scholarship since 1983.
Asma Jahangir award:
Meanwhile, the inaugural Asma Jahangir Scholarship was awarded on Thursday (9th August) to Sana Gul by the British High Commissioner.
This annual scholarship, which was launched earlier this year, honours the legacy of the late human rights champion Asma Jahangir. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to the top-ranking female applicant in the competitive recruitment process.
Presenting the new scholarship, the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said:“It is an honour to mark the extraordinary legacy of Asma Jahangir by awarding this new scholarship to the top Pakistani female Chevening scholar. Asma Jahangir was a remarkable woman. She was a champion of human rights and fought for the rights of women, children and oppressed people.
“Congratulations to Sana Gul for being the first winner of this prestigious award. It is an honour that Asma Jahangir’s family has joined us today and I am grateful for their support in the creation of a scholarship in her name as part of the UK Chevening Scholarship Programme.
Speaking at the event, Sana Gul said;“I still remember the words of Asma Jahangir: “through hardships, strong people find their strength and you are the chosen one”.
Thank you Chevening for the journey of living my dreams to reality by continuing her noble missions of empowering women through education.”
Munizae Jehangir said: As the family of Asma Jahangir we congratulate Sana Gul for receiving the best female Chevening Scholar 2018/19. We thank the British government for starting this new scholarship award to honour Asma Jahangir who always said that “it will be women of Pakistan that will bring about real change.” This scholarship will empower women to improve the lives of others.
This year 64 Chevening scholars and fellows will go to study in diverse fields including law, communications, public service, technology, development and public policy. Chevening alumni consist of over 1,650 alumni which includes senior journalists, civil servants, professionals, politicians, and members of society from all walks of life.