British Charge’ d’ Affaires, Alison Kemp, hosted a reception on Saturday 30 August for the seven students who have been granted scholarships to pursue higher studies in the United Kingdom through the Chevening programme. This event was also an opportunity for former Chevening scholars and distinguished guests to meet each other.
The Chevening programme targets talented students with clear potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. The scheme provides scholarships to support postgraduate study at UK universities – mostly one-year Masters’ degrees.
Since the scheme began, over 43,000 students have held Chevening Scholarships including more than 160 students from Yemen.
In the current academic year seven students (four women and three men, all recruited on merit) from Yemen have been accepted by the programme and will commence their studies in September. The Embassy wishes this year’s students the very best of luck with their studies. Areas of study this year include Engineering, project management, economics, environmental policy, planning and development studies, conflict studies, and social entrepreneurship.
Charge’ d’ Affaires Kemp announced that the number of places available next year will double to approximately 15 students. We are grateful for the generous support of the Yemeni British Friendship Association, who will sponsor two of the scholarship places. She encouraged the future high achievers of Yemen (whether working in government, business, academia, the media or civil society) to apply for a place in the 2015/16 applications round, which is open now until 15 November. The Embassy would like to see an increase of applicants from across all governorates of Yemen.
Dr Al Qirbi, Chairman of the Yemeni British Friendship Association, attended the reception formally signing the memorandum of understanding in front of assembled guests. The British Embassy wishes to express its gratitude to the Yemeni British Friendship Association for their very generous contribution, which will enable us to increase the number of outstanding young Yemenis who will benefit from a Chevening scholarship and the experience study in the UK will bring.