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Birkbeck welcomes record number of Chevening scholars

Chevening scholarships are the UK’s international awards scheme, aimed at developing future global leaders. This year, 30 students from 21 countries join Birkbeck on the scheme.

Birkbeck has welcomed 30 new Chevening scholars this year, the highest number ever received at the College – thanks to the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

The new scholars come from 21 countries worldwide; three from Egypt, the Philippines, Russia and Turkey; two from Armenia; and one from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, East Timor, Laos, Lebanon, the Maldives, Morocco, Panama, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa and Vietnam.

Chevening scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, and recipients are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions around the world.

Hoora Ahmed, head of the international office at Birkbeck said: “Chevening scholarships are special because they identify and nurture leadership skills in their recipients, so they can use the skills and knowledge they develop through their study to address a wide range of economic, social and political issues on their return home.

“We’re thrilled to welcome such an inspirational group of students to Birkbeck and to strengthen our bonds with academic communities around the world.”

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