More students benefit from UK scholarships
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – BRITISH High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has disclosed plans to expand the Chevening award to enable more Nigerian students secure scholarships to study in his country.
Speaking as he welcomed returning Chevening scholars back, he said the British High Commission had entered into a first ever local partnership arrangement with LADOL, a local company, and continued to pursue more local partnership opportunities to enable a greater number of Nigerians benefit from the prestigious scholarship, which boasts a global alumni network of 43 000 members.
He added that since the first Chevening award in Nigeria in 1983, more than 1 000 Nigerian professionals have benefited from the prestigious scholarship.
A total of 45 scholars were sent off to the United King in the 2015-16 cycle, an increase from the 12 who were selected in 2014-15.
In response to this upgrade, Nigeria has received the highest number of applications globally, with 3 375 applications for the current 2016-17 cycle.
Arkwright said the aim was to further increase the scholarships slots available to Nigeria.
“We hope to achieve this through Chevening local partnerships. This is an arrangement in which Chevening, through the High Commission enters an agreement with a partner organisation to co-fund specific Chevening
awards,” he said.
He congratulated the 2014-15 awardees on the successful completion of their studies and for being worthy ambassadors for Nigeria during their time in the United Kingdom.
One of the scholars, Israel Adekunle Balogun, thanked the British High Commission and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for granting him the award. Israel, the first Chevening Scholar with a disability to come from Nigeria.
He urged the British High Commission and FCO to extend the opportunity to more people with disabilities.
The Chevening scholarship programme has long been renowned for giving its recipients the opportunity to study in British universities.
– CAJ News
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