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Sussex welcomes record number of Chevening scholars
The University of Sussex has welcomed a record number of postgraduate Chevening scholars this autumn.
A total of 93 scholars have joined Sussex in the academic year 2017-18, from 50 different countries; they are studying 30 Masters courses in subjects as diverse as Development Studies, International Human Rights, Energy Policy, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
The Chevening Scholarships programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Every year, Chevening Scholarships support outstanding emerging leaders from across the world to pursue one-year Masters degrees in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities. Many go on to reach positions of substantial influence when they return home.
Sussex hosts one of the largest communities of Chevening scholars of any UK university. The annual intake has risen every year since 2014: it increased to 52 sponsored students in 2015 and to 73 scholars in 2016. The 93 students at Sussex this academic year ensure that Sussex will continue to be one of the most popular student destinations for Chevening scholars in the UK.
The highest number of Chevening scholars at Sussex in 2017-18 are from Pakistan and Mexico; they are joined by fellow postgraduates from countries as widespread as Brazil, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Somalia.
One scholar for 2017-18, a journalist from Malaysia, has described his studies for a Master’s degree in Migration and Global Development at Sussex as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.
Faridul Anwar Farinordin, news editor on the New Straits Times, says: "I am honoured by this opportunity to be part of the Chevening award recipients, which allows me to pursue an area of study in migration and trans-boundary issues that affect global communities today.”
Gideon Olanrewaju, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria, is studying International Education and Development at Sussex. He says: “I look forward to an exciting time developing academic expertise and professional competencies to scale the impact of my work in promoting access to quality education in Nigeria.”
Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, adds: “Sussex is proud to host one of the largest groups of Chevening scholars of any UK university – a fact that we believe is testament not only to the high quality of our Masters courses, but also to the international character of the Sussex community and to our commitment to embed an international dimension in all Sussex activities.”
The University has recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with Chevening. This new initiative builds on success to this point and will continue to expand Sussex’s reputation with the Chevening network in more than 144 countries.