Susie Kitchens attends pre-departure event for Kenyan Commonwealth Scholars

Susie Kitchens at the Kenyan Commonwealth scholars. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Yesterday, new UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens was a guest at the pre-departure event for Kenyan Commonwealth scholars hosted by British Council Kenya.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

Susie Kitchens and Kenyan Commonwealth Scholars
Susie Kitchens speaking to the Kenyan Commonwealth scholars. Photo: Twitter/ke_British

The CSC aims to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.

Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in the UK are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries) and the Department for Education (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities.

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Next year’s cohort of 27 Commonwealth scholars and 9 fellows, will attend some of the world’s, leading universities in the UK to develop their expertise.

“The UK is home to many of the world’s top universities, and we are proud to have brilliant young people from around the world choose to study there. I was pleased to meet these ambitious young students before they embark on the experience of a life time. I was also pleased to hear their hopes and aspirations after completing their studies, including how they intend to put their new skills to good use making a valuable contribution to the further development of Kenya.”

– UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens

On Twitter, Susie described meeting the scholars, who are going on to study subjects including biotech, migration, enterprise management and big data as “inspirational”.

“We believe in you, and you are an inspiration to us,” she added.

She also advised them to study hard, watch Strictly Come Dancing and Newsnight, go to music festival, watch a game of village cricket and eat beans on toast to get the full British experience.

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