Nic Hailey hosts Chevening Scholarship reception for Kenyan alumni

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Welcome reception for the 2015/2016 Kenyan Chevening alumni. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Today, the British High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, hosted a welcome reception for the 2015/2016 Kenyan alumni of the UK’s Chevening Scholarship programme.

Now in its 33rd year, Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year Master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome home our newest Chevening scholars from their studies in the UK. Promoting British education is one of the most satisfying things that I get to do as High Commissioner. I truly believe there is no better place than Britain to experience a university education.

“Not only do award recipients receive a first-rate UK education, through Chevening they join a vibrant community of Chevening Alumni, Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, UK universities, and partner organisations. These returning scholars now join a global network of Chevening Alumni spanning over 150 countries, with over 400 here in Kenya, which they will be able to draw on and contribute to for the rest of their lives.” 

– British High Commissioner Nic Hailey

The Chevening Scholarship scheme has developed into one of the world’s premier scholarship schemes. Chevening Scholars come from over 150 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and there are over 44,000 Chevening alumni around the world who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. Currently, there are 32 Kenyans in the UK under the Chevening Scholarship studying different Masters Courses.

Returning scholar Eric Waweru, who gained a Masters in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Sheffield, said: “The Chevening Scholarship was a dream come true for many of us, an incredible adventure, and journey crowned by having the opportunity to study and gain knowledge in acclaimed premier institutions in the UK and globally. Campaigns in the run-up to Brexit and the nature of the debate inspired my return to Kenya. The events reassured me that as citizens, we still have the potential to realise a healthy competitive political environment. We may differ in options and ideology but work together for the benefit and interest of our country.”