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Malaysia's 2013 Chevening students pictured with BAE Systems sponsors.
IN PREPARATION for their studies in the United Kingdom (UK) in September, the 2013/2014 batch of Malaysian Chevening scholars were recently treated to a pre-departure party at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
Initiated in 1983, the Chevening Scholarships programme is the UK government’s global scholarship programme that is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations.
A total of 700 scholarships will be awarded in the 2013/14 intake to scholars from more than 100 countries worldwide.
Malaysia was among the top five countries in the world to award the largest number of Chevening scholarships this year, with up to 29 scholarships offered and 28 Malaysians successfully securing awards.
Aside from getting a first-hand account of the Chevening experience from alumni present, the scholarship recipients were also given a presentation on what to expect during their time in the UK by the British High Commission’s Scholarships officer Jade Robinson.
The scholars also listened to a pre-recorded address by the UK’s Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, who wished them well in their endeavours.
“The programme has about 40,000 alumni members worldwide and this is something we intend to grow.
“When you go back, you should be able to stay in touch with those who have also shared what I hope would be a unique experience,” said Swire in his address.
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Malaysia Simon Featherstone, who hosted the event, presented the scholars with certificates at the end of the evening.
This year’s scholarships programme offers study in climate change; sustainable development; human rights; foreign and security policy; science and engineering; good governance; and business. Among the sponsors for this year’s awards are BAE Systems which sponsored 14 awards in fields of engineering and the sciences and HSBC which sponsored two awards in finance, economics and environment.
Meanwhile, the Cambridge and Commonwealth Trust offered two awards for study at the University of Cambridge, while the University of Edinbugh, University of Westminister and Kings College all in the United Kingdom, sponsored an award each for study at their respective institutions.
The Prudence Foundation also sponsored two awards for study in environment and media.
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