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Future leaders welcomed home


Chevening Scholars                                     Image: Wikimedia Commons

Students seen as potential future leaders have been welcomed home by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott.

The scholars from across Pakistan took part in either the Chevening or Commonwealth Scholarships, designed to support the counties best and brightest to study at UK Universities.

The fully funded scholarships are in a range of subjects, including those vital to development in Pakistan such as public health, and development.

The courses took place at some of the UK’s most respected and historic institutions, including the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott, commented:

“Our Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships are up there at the top of the UK’s education offer to Pakistanis. These returning scholars have not only received an education at some of the world’s best universities, they have also expanded their professional networks and experienced life in the UK. They take this with them as they return to their respective careers and fields.”

Both scholarships are designed to provide talented students with the opportunity to further their education, with the hope that they will go on to be the leaders and decision makers of the future in their home countries.

The Chevening Scholarships were established in 1983, and support studies, typically Master’s degrees at top UK Universities, for students that can demonstrate their potential to be the leaders needed for the future.

The Commonwealth Scholarships are designed to give financial assistance to international students from across the Commonwealth nations, in order to provide the chance to study at the top levels in the UK.

Supporting education in countries in such as Pakistan and the Commonwealth is seen as a vital part in the shared relationship between them and the UK. It can benefit both the UK and the country of the students origin, helping with the UK’s development priorities, and also providing vital support and education.

For Pakistan in particular, education is at the top of the political agenda. In the past, mass illiteracy there is seen as a leading cause of unemployment, poverty and overpopulation.

The students will join ground – breaking alumni, including the first woman lawyer from the Hazara minority, Jalila Haider, and the first female judge of the Gilgit – Baltistan High Court, Amna Zamir Shah.

Aurangzeb Kasi, a student from Baluchistan talks of the benefits they experienced, and their hopes for the future:

“Chevening was a transformative experience, enriching me both academically and culturally. I can’t wait to use the global perspective I’ve gained to pioneer positive change in my community.”

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