British Ambassador John Dennis spoke to Angolan Chevening Scholars at the British Embassy Luanda on 14 September. In his speech he stated that “Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarship scheme, which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries to undertake postgraduate study or courses in UK universities. The scholarship is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, together with partner organisations, including many private sector companies. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, and to benefit extensively from a strong alumni network.
Chevening is an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy effort and helps to bring professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK. One of the outcomes we of course hope for from this scheme is that we create lasting positive relationships between the UK and future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers around the world.
During the 2015/16 recruitment cycle, Chevening scholarships tripled globally. We are proud of that. And it is of course particularly significant that we have been prepared and able to make such an increased investment in the future while we still find ourselves in a period of stringent budgetary austerity. In short, we have invested in Chevening because we believe in Chevening.
In Angola, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of awards this year compared to last - from 2 to 7. There is scope for even more scholarships for Angolans to study in the United Kingdom on Master’s Degree Programmes for 2016/2017. So please help us to keep spreading the word!
We are pleased to award and bid farewell to 7 future leaders who will soon form part of this influential and highly regarded network. We say Parabéns (Congratulations) to our new scholars, recognising that they beat very stiff competition to secure a Chevening scholarship. We hope that upon their return, they would rise to positions of leadership across different influential sectors in Angola and always remain in touch with us. We wish you good luck, happy travels and much success in your studies. And we apologise in advance for the weather!
Finally, I’m pleased to tell you that applications for the 2016/17 academic year are now open – we are calling on future potential leaders and young professionals to consider applying. The priority subject areas are the rule of law, human rights, Democracy and Good Governance, Economics and Financial management, health, Environment and Energy and Public Administration and social development. So, once again, please help us to spread the word.”