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British High Commissioner hosts a reception event for returning Chevening scholars

The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG held a reception at the British High Commission in Islamabad for returning Pakistani Chevening scholars from 2015/2016.

British High Commissioner hosts a reception event for returning Chevening scholars

The reception was attended by Chevening scholars, senior officials from the High Commission, media and the representatives of the Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan.

This year the Chevening Scholarship Programme sent a record number of 81 scholars to the UK from Pakistan.

The British High Commissioner Mr. Thomas Drew said:

The Chevening Programme is an important part of the UK investment in Pakistan. Our aim is to give Pakistani high achievers the support to realise their potential to the full – to help build a more prosperous and stable Pakistan. With their British education and the experience of the Chevening Programme these scholars will achieve great things for Pakistan.

The Vice-President of the Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan, Mr. Mahesh Ahuja said:

The friendships and professional contacts that I made through the Chevening Scholarship Programme were extremely beneficial for me as they will prove to be for you. You will now become a part of the prestigious Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan which works on issues that are relevant to Pakistan and will get the opportunity to connect with over 1,400 influential Chevening alumni from across Pakistan.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

More information

Visit Chevening website for detailed information on the Chevening Scholarship Programme. The application window for Chevening is currently closed.

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Notes to editors

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Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening Scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and more than 1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2016/2017. There are over 46,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

Last year applications from Pakistan ranked third in the world behind Egypt and Nigeria.

The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.

More information is available at Chevening website


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Published 30 November 2016