British Ambassador Hugh Evans last Tuesday welcomed back seven Lao Chevening scholars, returning from their Masters studies at prestigious British universities.
The Ambassador, who hosted the event in his residence’s garden, congratulated the graduates upon their achievements and emphasized that, “The chief value of a Chevening Scholarship is the legacy of experiences, skills and knowledge brought back to contribute to the future development of the Lao PDR.”
He also highlighted the support by local and UK partners such as Prudential Laos and Warwick University, which provided additional funding for the scholarships.
The event was also used to announce the formation of the Lao Chevening Alumni Group, in which the current 39 Lao Chevening alumni join forces to promote educational opportunities in the UK, foster cultural exchanges between Laos and the UK, and raise awareness of environmental issues in Laos.
Chevening is the UK government’s international awards scheme whose aim has been developing global leaders since 1983.
Currently, the scheme covers 1,900 scholarships to prestigious UK universities, offered for postgraduate level studies to students from more than 150 countries.
Last year, the British Embassy Vientiane selected 8 Lao scholars from various fields of study and is currently in the process of selecting the next set of scholars for the year 2017/18.
More information about the Chevening programme and opportunities for Lao students can be found at www.chevening.org.
Source: Lao News Agency