KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-four Malaysians will be flying off to the United Kingdom as recipients of the prestigious British government’s Chevening scholarship next month for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The Chevening Scholarship is Britain’s global scholarship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations.
They were shortlisted from a record 830 applicants, said British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell at the pre-departure briefing and reception for the scholars at the British High Commissioner’s Residence on Thursday.
“You should be proud of yourselves. The process to get to where you are was highly competitive.
“Last year 15,000 people (worldwide) applied for the scholarships, only 1,800 were selected. So congratulations,” said Treadell in her keynote address.
She added that Malaysia continues to receive one of the highest number of Chevening scholarships per capita in the world.
The number of scholars studying humanities related subjects have double compared with last year, she said.
The Malaysian scholars will be pursuing a wide range of post-graduate programmes including public policy, human rights, law, media, economics, science and engineering.
Among the recipients are The Star journalists Dina Murad, 28, Akil Yunus, 28 and Nicholas Cheng, 26.
They will be pursuing a master’s degree in conflict studies at King’s College London, the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science respectively.
The British High Commission is currently receiving applications for those who wish to study in the UK for the 2018/19 academic year.
Visit www.chevening.org/malaysia for more information.