UK to announce Asma Jahangir scholarship

Acting British high commissioner hosts Chevening alumni Iftar reception

News Desk June 09, 2018
Asma Jahangir. PHOTO: AFP

This year the British High Commission will announce the annual Asma Jahangir scholarship which honours the legacy of the late human rights advocate Asma Jahangir, Acting British High Commissioner Richard Crowder said.

He was speaking at an Iftar reception he had hosted to celebrate the Chevening alumni’s achievements in Pakistan at his residence in Islamabad on Thursday.

The reception was well-attended by Chevening scholars from Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme fellows, members of the British Alumni Association of Pakistan and senior officials from the British High Commission, DFID and British Council.

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Pakistan is a priority country for Chevening scholarships. Last year 63 Pakistanis were awarded one year Masters programme scholarships and seven journalists were selected for the Chevening South Asia Journalism Fellowship.

This year the British High Commission has also announced the annual Asma Jahangir scholarship which honours the legacy of the late human rights advocate Asma Jahangir. The scholarship will be awarded to the best female Chevening candidate each year and the inaugural winner of the Asma Jahangir Scholarship 2018-19 will be announced in the coming months.

The acting high commissioner highlighted the importance of the Chevening scholarships and studying in the UK.

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Crowder said: “I am delighted to meet a brilliant group of Chevening scholars, fellows and British Alumni who have excelled in their careers and playing an important role in Pakistani society. Scholars who have studied at UK universities have seen their careers being fast-tracked and today is an opportunity to appreciate, celebrate and share their achievements.

“The UK offers an opportunity to future leaders and influencers from across Pakistan to study in the world’s most renowned universities and develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2018.

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