The British Charge d’Affaires, Martin Scales, and Minister of Education Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano on Thursday bade farewell to a group of Malawian scholars that is heading to the UK to study in various fields under the Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships.
The 13Malawians will undergo one-year master’s degree programmes in different world class UK universities for the 2016/17 academic year on the fully sponsored, event-loaded, and prestigious Chevening Scholarship.
While another cohort of 14 scholars and fellows are on the Commonwealth scholarship to pursue Master’s and Doctorate degrees or on the fellowship to enhance knowledge and skills in their fields at UK host organisations.
Martin Scales said: “The UK is delighted to see so many talented Malawians making it through the stringent application process to gain these prestigious scholarships. We hope you will excel in your studies, network with other scholars from around the world and explore all the UK has to offer.
“Whilst in the UK you will be Ambassadors for Malawi and we hope you will return to fully utilise your experience and studies to become leaders making significant contributions to Malawi’s socio-economic development.”
The guest of honour at the event Minister Fabiano said: “We are grateful to the British government for the scholarships that they have been offering for many years now.
“These are helpful for Malawi because they address the gaps on what’s on offer locally by enabling Malawians to acquire special and advanced skills in different fields that later benefit the country.”
One of the scholars, Fadress Nyirenda, who will be studying for a master of arts in development studies said it was dream come true to receive the Chevening Scholarship award.
She said as someone who works with young boys and girls in the community, the programme will equip her to understand and tackle various issues that are currently confronting them.
The 2017/18 applications cycle for Chevening Scholarship is currently open until 8 November 2016 and potential applicants can visit www.chevening.org.
399 Malawian nationals have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship funded by the UK government. Details about commonwealth scholarships can be found on http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/