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UK and Paraguay sign agreement for Chevening/BECAL scholarships

The agreement will enable up to 18 Paraguayan scholars to study in the UK in 2016/17

Ambassador Hobbs and Santiago Peña sign the agreement
Ambassador Hobbs and Santiago Peña sign the agreement

On 30 December Ambassador Jeremy Hobbs signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Paraguay’s Carlos Antonio Lopez (BECAL) national scholarship programme. Minister of Finance Santiago Peña signed on behalf of BECAL in a ceremony held at the Finance Ministry.

The agreement with immediate effect provides up to 18 awards for Paraguayan scholars to study at British Universities in the academic period 2016/17.

It is worth highlighting that the Chevening programme funded only one Paraguayan scholar when the British Embassy re-opened in 2013.

Currently 9 Chevening scholars are studying a masters course in the UK . Separately BECAL has already awarded 10 scholarships for study at British universities.

Minister of Finance said “Uniting forces with an organisation like Chevening will enable Paraguayan students to access universities of huge prestige and of superior academic level which will benefit Paraguay’s human capital”.

Ambassador Hobbs said that “Investing in young people was the best investment the British government could make in the future of Paraguay”.

Published 6 January 2016