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A blog that gives our Chevening scholars the opportunity to tell us about their Chevening Experience. The opinions presented in this blog are the opinions of the blog author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Chevening Scholarships programme or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

13th April 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Interviews for an education

There are many ways of gaining an education. Apart from the usual places like school, college and university, I’m a fan of travel and seeing new places (which partly explains why I became a diplomat). Meeting people who have very different lives can teach you a lot. And for a lucky few, there is all […]

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22nd December 2016 Canberra, Australia

Bronwyn Capon

Visit & Event Coordinator and Chevening Officer

Gold Standard support for scholars

At the beginning of this month, I was honoured to accept, on behalf of the British High Commission, the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Award for Diplomatic Engagement for our work supporting scholarships for Indigenous Australian students. We have been supporting the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust since 2010 through the FCO’s Chevening programme, and recently extended […]

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18th August 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Visas made easy…

Since arriving in Sri Lanka, I have become a bit of an expert on visas.  In fact, when my phone rings, there’s almost a one in two chance that someone is calling about their visa. Getting a visa can be complex, frustrating and time-consuming.  My colleagues in UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) work really hard […]

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18th August 2016 Havana, Cuba

Claudia Parera

Chevening scholar

One year as a Chevening scholar – tips, anecdotes and real ale mojitos

Once again, I am delighted to publish a blog by one of the Cuban Chevening scholars currently in the UK. This time Claudia Parera explains how her MSc in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Bradford will help her to focus on the Digital Economy while she also offers useful tips for future scholars. […]

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31st July 2016 Havana, Cuba

Anthony Henderson

Head of Press, Projects and Politics, British Embassy, Havana

Chevening Scholarships in Cuba – our 23rd year

Around this time of year, I get to work on one of my favourite parts of the job – Chevening Scholarships. These provide fantastic opportunities for professionals from over 160 countries and territories, including Cuba, to go to the UK for a year to study a master’s course, fully funded by the UK Government and […]

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5th May 2016 Havana, Cuba

Ricardo Gonzalez

A Cuban economist in London

Once again I have the pleasure to publish a blog by one of the fifteen Cuban Chevening scholars currently in the UK. Ricardo Gonzalez is a teacher and researcher from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Havana and is studying a masters in economics at Queen Mary University, London. Thanks to Ricardo for this […]

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14th April 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

CRISP : gathering the innovators of tomorrow

Congratulations to our two Sri Lankan Chevening CRISP fellows for 2016, Gayani Abeyasinghe and Balathasan Sayanthan, who are about to start their three month programme at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.  This is the second year that Sri Lanka has been part of CRISP, a fellowship aimed at mid-career professionals from India and Sri […]

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24th March 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

6 weeks later

It has been just over eight weeks since my arrival and about six weeks since my last blog – perhaps that’s a sign of how busy a time it has been.  I’ve met Ministers, opposition leaders, civil society representatives, journalists, been to Vilnius for a conference, talked to students, listened to businesspeople, and of course, […]

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21st January 2016 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Jerudong International School’s Higher Education Evening

On Tuesday I enjoyed taking part in a university briefing evening at Jerudong International School (JIS). The event was aimed at school students about to start applying to universities. Last year, 58% of JIS students who went to university chose to study in the UK. So I was pleased but not surprised to see a […]

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7th December 2015 Skopje, Macedonia

Jasmina Risteska

Chevening Scholar

A rollercoaster experience

“Everyone is different and it is exactly that “being different” that becomes our similarity”as a group of international students in my class concluded. Studying my Masters in the UK was part of my vision board for many years. This finally came true when I became a Chevening scholar. Arriving and settling in a foreign country, […]

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