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Warm welcome for scholarship students

University of Portsmouth Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith, centre, with International Director Joe Docherty, second from right, Chevening representative Catriona MacArthur, right, and the scholarship students.

University of Portsmouth Vice Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith, centre, with International Director Joe Docherty, second from right, Chevening representative Catriona MacArthur, right, and the scholarship students.

International scholarship students destined to become movers and shakers in their own countries have been honoured at the University of Portsmouth.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith gave a personal welcome to the recipients of the prestigious Chevening scholarships, which are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office with the intention of developing global leaders.

The students – who have already started out on professional careers in their own countries – have come from places as diverse as China, Afghanistan and the Seychelles.

Professor Galbraith also welcomed Ronald Ngetich, from Kenya, who has received a Commonwealth Award.

Professor Galbraith told the students: “I am delighted that you have chosen to come to Portsmouth. These awards are an honour for both you and the University.

“I know that you will have a fantastic time studying with us, and I look forward to seeing you succeed and shaking hands with you at our graduation ceremonies.”

International Director Joe Docherty added: “The Chevening awards are the most prestigious awards offered by the UK. They are given to people who are destined to reach the top in their home countries.

“We would normally receive one or two Chevening students. Seven is unprecedented. It’s a reflection of the growing profile and recognition of the courses we offer in Portsmouth.”

There were about 28,000 eligible applications for Chevening awards this academic year, with only 1,800 of those being successful.

The scholarships cover fees, flights, maintenance and settling-in allowance.

The Chevening students are:
Forozan Rasooli (Afghanistan) MPA
Yanjie Wang (China) MPA
Tijana Badnjar (Montenegro) MA International Relations and European Studies
Abdul Latheef Abdul Hakeem (Maldives) MA Business Economics, Finance and Banking
Chikandi Beatrice Lipato (Malawi) MSc Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Studies
Precious Odika (Nigeria) MSc Environmental Geology and Contamination
Aubrey Quatre (Seychelles) MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology

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