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12 Malawians off to UK on British Chevening scholarship

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Twelve outstanding Malawians have been named this year’s British Chevening Scholars to pursue postgraduate studies leading to Masters Degrees at various top UK universities.

The twelve include three media practitioners; Joab Frank Chakhaza of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Chipiliro Kansilanga of Times Group of Companies and Wisdom Chimgwede, a seasoned journalist going for 12 months long media-related MA programs at Westminster and Cardiff Universities, respectively.

The other nine scholars are Betty Wisiki, Daniel Mwangwera, Chimwemwe Manyozo, Sophie Dambe, Martha Kwengwere, Tisu Makato, Chikondi Lipato, Eliam Kadewere and Bridget Kauma.

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They will study masters programs in different fields including education, law, energy, finance and human rights.

17 other scholars have been awarded Commonwealth Scholarships, seven of which will pursue studies leading to PhD’s.

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At a send-off reception in Lilongwe, British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin challenged the scholars to ensure value for the scholarship, saying they have joined a highly prestigious club of Chevening and commonwealth brands.

 

Nevin said the 2015 Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarship applications were highly competitive, saying the UK had to increase Malawi’s Chevening quota to 12 from the initial eight due to excellent standards of the applications.

 

“Competition was very tough this year but you made it to the finals. We therefore hope that apart from gaining academic experience, you will broaden your global and social outlooks in the UK and in turn help Malawi in all the fields you are representing,” he said.

 

He said the Chevening Scholarship programme empowers scholars with a sense of pride, responsibility and confidence, helping in many cases to fast-track their careers.

 

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Education Vincent Ghambi challenged both the Chevening and Commonwealth scholars to take advantage of the Scholarship opportunity by working hard and making a real leadership difference in their industries.

 

One of the recipients of the Chevening Scholarship, Betty Wisiki-Kalitera said the opportunity to study for her Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at University of Bristol will enable her make a difference in a field with few experts.

 

“This is a life-time opportunity and its impact will be greatly felt because I will come back enriched with all the necessary knowledge and skills that I need in my field of work and beyond,” she said.

 

Chevening Scholarships are a UK government’s global scholarship programme, awarded to individuals with strong academic backgrounds who also have demonstrable leadership potential.

 

The British government has since announced the opening of the 2016/17 Chevening Scholarship competition and urged all qualified Malawians to apply.

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