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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ghana: Five Ghanaians Win Chevening Scholarships

The British High Commission has held a reception to bid “bon voyage” to five Ghanaian Chevening Scholars who are leaving to undertake postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.

The five are to undertake studies in subjects ranging from design to e-commerce fully funded by the British High Commission.
The British High Commissioner, Dr Nick Westcott, said at the reception that “these scholars have the potential to play an important role in the continuing social, economic and political development of Ghana, and to make a real contribution in the years to come.

They should be an important element of Ghana’s future”. The United Kingdom has sponsored more than 200 Ghanaian Chevening scholars over the last 25 years at the cost of about GH¢7.2 billion (£3m). About 1,000 people applied for consideration for the awards.

The aim of the British Chevening Scholarship scheme, named after ‘Chevening House’ — the official country residence of the British Foreign Secretary — is to bring to the UK present and future leaders, decision makers and opinion leaders.

Preference is given to candidates already established in a career, with proven academic skills, and with the prospect of becoming leaders in their chosen fields. Scholars should also be committed to returning to their country and contribute to its socio-economic development through implementing the new skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

Most scholarships are for one year Master’s courses, but awards may also be given for shorter vocational courses lasting between three and six months.

Since its inception in 1983 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarships and Awards Scheme, the Chevening programme has provided more than 40,000 scholarships to students in over 150 countries. In Ghana about 125 scholarships have been awarded.

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