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London to Islamabad Scholars Greeted by High Commissioner

London to Islamabad Scholars Greeted by High Commissioner

London to Islamabad Scholars Greeted by High Commissioner

London to Islamabad Scholars Greeted by High Commissioner

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  • UK-educated scholars bond in Islamabad.
  • Diverse Pakistan cohort, fully funded for top UK studies.
  • High-profile alumni, like Gilgit-Baltistan’s Amna Zamir Shah, highlight success.
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In a heartening reunion, the 2022-2023 cohort of scholars, comprising 47 Chevening and 46 Commonwealth scholars from Pakistan, gathered in Islamabad after completing their postgraduate studies in the UK. The reunion served as a platform for the scholars to re-connect and foster relationships that are expected to endure a lifetime.

Representing diverse provinces across Pakistan, the scholars were recipients of fully-funded scholarships, enabling them to pursue studies in fields such as development, public health, climate change, and business at esteemed institutions like the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.

The cohort, now part of an illustrious group of high-profile alumni, includes trailblazers like Amna Zamir Shah, the first female judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan High Court, disability activist Abia Akram, and Jalila Haider, the first woman lawyer from the Hazara minority.

Expressing her views, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott CMG OBE, highlighted the significance of Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships in the UK’s educational offerings to Pakistani students. She emphasized that the returning scholars not only received top-notch education but also expanded their professional networks and gained valuable life experiences in the UK, which they carry back to contribute to their respective fields.

Aurangzeb Kasi, a scholar from Baluchistan, described the Chevening experience as transformative, enriching him academically and culturally. He expressed eagerness to utilize the global perspective gained during his studies to pioneer positive change in his community.

Looking ahead, applications for Commonwealth Scholarships are set to open in September 2024, and Chevening scholarships in August 2024. The call to interested candidates to register for alerts was made through the Chevening website.

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The Commonwealth Scholarships, established in 1960, provide financial support to talented international students from Commonwealth nations pursuing postgraduate degrees in the UK. In Pakistan alone, there are over 1,500 Commonwealth alumni. Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarships program since 1983, supports students with potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers, with over 1,700 alumni in Pakistan to date. The positive impact of these programs is reflected in the achievements of the scholars who have become influential figures in various fields.

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