Last night, the UK High Commission in Nairobi hosted a send-off for the 26 Kenyan students heading to Britain as part of the latest Chevening Awards Programme cohort.
Chevening is the UK government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.
Kenyan Cabinet Secretary and Chevening Alumni Amina Mohamed spoke at the event and was thanked on Twitter for her “amazing words” by the UK High Commissioner to the UK, Nic Hailey.
Giving the scholars some top tips, the Cabinet Secretary told them to enjoy and grow from the experience, embrace a new culture and share their own, hold the Kenyan flag high as the country’s ambassadors and to use the opportunity to build a network of contacts which last a lifetime.
British High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, also addressed this year’s cohort, congratulating them on securing such a prestigious scholarship.
He highlighted what a fantastic opportunity the next year presents for the students and passed on his own advice for living in the UK, in particular the importance of investing in a warm coat.
The chair of the Chevening Alumni association in Kenya, Jane Gitau, also shared her positive reflections on her time as a Chevening Scholar, and highlighted the value of the alumni network.
Following the event, new Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens also Tweeted: “Kenya’s bright young talent encouraged by Chevening Kenya Alumni CS Amina Mohamed to work hard, play hard, enjoy life-long friendship UK-Kenya.”
The UK High Commission in Tanzania also hosted a Chevening event to celebrate their students heading to the UK.
Tweeting after the gathering, the UK’s High Commissioner to Tanzania, Sarah Cooke said: “Delighted to host you this afternoon & good luck for your studies in UK.”
If you are considering applying for a Chevening Scholarship, there are over 15,000 Masters courses available, so careful research is important in order to make the right choice.
For your application, you need to choose three courses, but to eventually receive a Chevening Scholarship you must get an unconditional offer from at least one of your three choices.