Eight Papua New Guinean Students win UK Chevening Scholarships

 EIGHT Papua New Guineans have won the prestigious United Kingdom government’s Chevening Scholarships to study masters’ programmes at various UK universities.

The British High Commission in Port Moresby hosted a farewell reception on Aug 18.

In his send-off remarks, High Commissioner Keith Scott, said: “Chevening may be the UK Government’s scholarship programme but it is a Papua New Guinean success story.

“It is about using the quality of UK universities and the networks you will create with fellow scholars from around the world to help you make the most of your own qualities, skills and passion and so contribute to positive change when you return.

“There is a great deal of talent in Papua New Guinea.

“I am proud that the UK support will help you and others build a better future for all in Papua New Guinea.”

The eight PNG scholars are John Paul Mesulam Matlam from East New Britain, studying master of public health: International at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: Kellyanne Marie-Lisa Limbiye, Eastern Highlands, studying masters in international relations at the University of Westminster; Albert Gigmai, NCD, studying master in energy economics and law at University of Aberdeen; Timothy Nick Ngembil, Morobe, studying masters and climate change and global development at the University of East Anglia; Wilma Mavea, NCD, studying masters in marine mammal dcience at University of St Andrews; Ian Abraham Laki, NCD, master in impact evaluation for global development, at University of East Anglia; Hansley Missach Guambaketi, NCD, master in infrastructure planning and sustainable development, at Oxford Brookes University; and James Junior Valaki, Madang, studying master in energy and power systems management at the University of Portsmouth.

According to the British high commission in Port Moresby, this year’s cohort 2023/2024, is the largest.

PNG had 10 places awarded from the Chevening Secretariat, topping the Pacific region, however, two withdrew.

Applications for 2024/25 scholarships will open on Sept 12.

More information can be found on the PNG Chevening website.

The scholarship programme – named after Chevening House in Kent in the South of England, which is the official residence of the British foreign minister – has been running since 1983.

Over 50,000 scholars from over 160 countries have benefitted, including 130 from PNG.

The scholarships also provide an opportunity to experience Britain’s heritage and history, discuss international policy, and interact with thought leaders at a range of academic, cultural and social events.

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