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LSE top university choice for 2012/13 Chevening Scholars

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is once again the top destination for 2012/13 Chevening Scholars, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reported. 

Houghton StreetChevening Scholarships are the prestigious global scholarship programme of the UK government. The Scholarships are awarded to exceptional individuals with leadership potential who come from 116 countries worldwide. They enable recipients to study one-year Master’s courses in a range of subjects at LSE and other UK universities, as well as short courses such as LSE’s Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme. The Scholarships are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, and aim to support UK foreign policy priorities by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers around the world. 

Dr Jonathan Liebenau, a research director of the Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme, said: ‘It is great to hear that LSE is considered the top place for Chevening Scholars to attend. These Scholarships give high calibre graduates the opportunity to study at top institutions in the UK and it is pleasing to know that we are continuing to attract individuals who may well go on to become tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.’

Since the Chevening Scholarships scheme was established in 1983, LSE has received over 3,000 Chevening Scholars. Past Chevening Scholars who have studied at LSE include Shaffi Mather from Kerala, currently an adviser of Rahul Gandhi, whose research project led to the creation of both the Mumbai ‘Ambulances for All’ service and the Kerala Ambulance service.

LSE contributes significantly to the Chevening Master’s scholarships, paying 20 per cent of the total tuition fee of those coming to study at the School with a Chevening’s award. The 2012 scholars come from 35 different countries, and are studying in 14 different academic departments, so they contribute considerably to the diversity of the School.

Kelly-Jo Bluen, a 2011-12 Chevening Scholar from Johannesburg who did an MSc in International Affairs at LSE, said: ‘LSE has a pulse. I wanted to have the experience of studying international relations amid diversity and complexity in the centre of London. The quality of its academics and its students, its excellent research facilities and the vibrant intellectual environment it creates through talks, seminars and debates were the main features which attracted me to the School. I value its commitment to challenging both its students and itself.’

Applications for 2013/14 Chevening Scholarships are expected to open at the end of October 2012.

5 October 2012

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