Nurfateha joins Chevening scholars

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

SITI Nurfateha Abdullah joined the long list of prestigious Bruneian Chevening Scholars yesterday.

The Research Officer from the Prime Minister’s Office will fly off to do her Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London.

British High Commissioner David Campbell presented Siti Nurfateha her framed certificate at the farewell reception at the British High Commission at Kota Batu yesterday.

Siti Nurfateha’s family and her Chevening ‘seniors’ then took a photo with Campbell with the flags of Brunei Darussalam and United Kingdom donned behind them.

In a speech, British High Commissioner David Campbell said that 2014 was a special year for it marked both Brunei’s 30th Independence and the 30th anniversary of the British Government’s Chevening scheme.

“In thirty years of scholarships around the world, it has created an influential global network of more than 43,000 Chevening alumni in over 150 countries,” he said.

The commissioner said that the Sultanate and United Kingdom shared many commonalities in terms of the resources invested in its people’s education.

“As the saying goes; an education does not come cheap but neither does ignorance – hence education’s a good investment for Brunei Darussalam and United Kingdom,” he said.

He touched on that an advantage of the Chevening scheme was the ‘bond’ but not in the sense of bonded to work for the High Commission.

“But bond is still an appropriate term here, it’s a bond of friendship, the connection with the alumni.”

Meanwhile, applications for the 2015/16 Chevening Scholarships were now open for citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam.

Those interested in following Siti Nurfateha’s footsteps must submit their applications before the deadline on November 15, 2014 at 23:59 GMT.

The High Commission in a statement said the ideal candidate would be those in their early to mid career with at least two years’ work experience.

“They should have an excellent record of achievements which shows leadership qualities,” read the statement.

“Applicants should be committed to returning and contributing to Brunei’s social and economic development by utilising skills and knowledge acquired in the United Kingdom.”

The High Commission stated that the scholarship scheme was UK Government’s flagship scholarship programme and globally attracted around 2,300 scholars every year.

“Scholarships are offered in over 150 countries and enable talented graduates to become familiar with the UK and gain skills which will benefit their home countries.”

In its website, the scheme welcomes courses of: Islamic Finance/Contemporary Islamic Studies; Defence and Security; Civil Society and Human Rights/Community Development; Sports Development/Management; Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

Those interested in the scholarship can visit www.chevening.org/Brunei for more information on how to apply, register and receive application guidance.

The Brunei Times