KUCHING: Sarawakians are highly encouraged to apply for the Chevening scholarship to study for their Master’s degree in the UK.
The scholarship, a UK government’s global programme, is funded by Foreign and Commonwealth offices and partner organisations. It has been offered to Malaysians since 1984 and over 1,300 Malaysians have received the scholarship.
A total of 52 Malaysians were awarded the scholarship last year to study their Master’s degree in all parts of UK for the 2015-2016 academic session.
British High Commissioner Victoria Marguerite Treadell said that, however, it saddened her to know that none of the 52 were from Sarawak.
“I want every young Sarawakian who meets our criteria to have work experience and have started their professional lives but looking to get further knowledge and further skills through a Master’s degree,” said Treadell during an information session at Yayasan Sarawak.
She said Sarawak had many potential and talented working individuals who were eligible to apply for the global scholarship.
“The Chevening is a wonderful thing that we can offer. Your state should not be left out and we do not want your state to be left out,
“I hope those who return will be our ambassadors for the programme and will bring back the experience, knowledge and skills they gained from their Master’s degree to put back into your society. Help Sarawak to realise its visions and its potential,” she said.
Treadell said it would be a transformative experience to have the opportunity to go to UK to pursue further education and to come back with other life skills, experiences and friendship.
“I see the partnership with Malaysia as a combination of our individual relationship between people, states and nation. I hope that the follow-up work we do will see many Sarawakians applying and then being granted a Chevening scholarship,” she told the audiences who attended the session.
Assistant Minister at Chief Ministers Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datuk Len Talif Salleh, who officiated the awareness programme, also suggested that the British High Commission work closely with Yayasan Sarawak as local partners as they had the missionary channels to convey the programme to the local audiences.
About 1,500 Chevening scholarships are offered globally every year to outstanding scholars with leadership potential.
Successful applicants will study a wide range of Master’s programmes at any UK universities with the aim to return to Malaysia to make a significant contribution in the country’s priority area such as human rights, foreign and security policy, good governance and education, media and communications and others.
The scholarship covers full or part of the tuition fees, monthly allowances, economy class return airfares to and from UK and additional grants and allowances to cover essential expenditure.
To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be a citizen of Chevening eligible countries and plans to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after the scholarship has ended. Applicants need to hold an undergraduate degree and has at least two years of work experience. There is no age limit for the scholarship.
Applicants need to identify three eligible UK university courses and received an unconditional offer from one of the university as well as meet the Chevening English language requirement by July 14, 2016.
Application for the 2016-2017 academic session is now open until Nov 3. For more information, visit chevening.org.