On October 20, The Embassy hosted afternoon tea for the newly arrived 2017/2018 Chevening Scholars in South Kensington. This year 8 Afghan men and 7 Afghan women received the prestigious scholarship funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to complete their postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.
The Chevening Scholars were given a warm welcome by Ambassador Jawad, Defence Attaché Col. Haroon Naderi and Afghan diplomat Mr. Babakhan Aslami. The Ambassador assured the scholars that choosing the UK as the destination for their postgraduate studies was a very wise decision, emphasising that many of the world’s top educational institutions are in the UK. He also spoke about his own educational background and international work experience, encouraging the students to share their own stories and dreams for the future.
In Afghanistan, the Chevening Scholarship Programme was launched in 2011, aiming at developing future leaders, decision makers and influencers by giving young men and women from developing countries the unique opportunity to develop professionally and academically in the United Kingdom. This year’s scholarship recipients have been admitted to prominent UK universities such as SOAS, Imperial College of London, UCL, University of Greenwich, Lancaster University, University of Bradford, Birkbeck University, LSE, University of Essex, Sussex University and University of Kent. Applications for Chevening Awards in the 2018/2019 academic year is closing November 7, and the Embassy encourages ambitious and academically strong Afghans, especially women, to apply.