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British scholarships on offer for Lao students
Publication Date : 02-10-2013
The British Embassy in Vientiane will this year cooperate with the University of Warwick in England to provide additional Chevening scholarships for students in Laos, through the UK government's global scholarship programme.
The scholarships not only offer financial support to study for a Master's degree at some of the UK's leading universities, but also the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.
UK Ambassador Philip Malone spoke to Vientiane Times about the sch olarship offer, confirming that applications for the 2014-2015 Chevening Scholarships in Laos are now open and will close on November 15.
“We a ccept applications from a wide range of subject areas; however, we particularly welcome applications in the fields of law and governance, civil society, international relations, trade and finance, climate change, education, science and innovation.”
A Chevening Scholarship in Laos includes a monthly stipend, travel to and from the UK via an approved route, an arrival and excess baggage allowance, a thesis or dissertation grant, the cost of an entry clearance visa and full tuition fees.
“Our aim by providing scholarships to Lao students is to attract talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers,” Ambassador Malone said.
Past Chevening recipients in Laos have gone on to work in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Commerce, and Education and Sports, and international organisations in Laos. A number of them occupy senior positions in the Lao government.
Viratsamay Visonnavong of UNDP's Unexploded Ordnance Unit said of her Chevening Scholarship “The course in the UK provided me with the opportunity to obtain global perspectives of development issues in a diverse society. This rich exchange of ideas and philosophies has stimulated my knowledge in work related to my specialisation.”
To date, over 20 Lao scholars have been awarded the prestigious scholarship and have studied in various fields including international relations, diplomatic studies, economics, media and communications, and international finance at universities across the UK.
The Chevening programme was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme. Chevening Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the European Union).