Chevening Scholarship: 2017/2018 Scholars Sent Off
The 18 postgraduate students of Cameroonian, Gabonese and Chadian nationalities will each spend one year backing a master’s degree in the United Kingdom (UK)
The Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo and the British High Commissioner to Cameroon, Brian Olley have officially sent-off the 2017 /2018 cohort of Chevening Scholars on August 23, 2017. The awardees from Cameroon, Chad and Gabon, were selected based on academic excellence, talent, leadership skills, entrepreneurial skills as well as sense of responsibility.
Speaking during the ceremony at the British High Commissioner’s residence, the Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo expressed gratitude to the UK Government for such a great gesture offered to the Cameroonians students. “I am impressed with this gesture because it is a great symbol of cooperation between Cameroon and Britain in the domain of higher education;” the Minister noted. He added that the selection of these students was a tough one, as such they were sending out talented and intelligent Cameroonians to study in the United Kingdom, whom he believes will come back and impact the country. He urged them to be of good moral rectitude while in the United Kingdom.
According to the British High Commissioner to Cameroon, Brian Olley, 700 candidates applied for the Chevening Scholarship, 55 candidates were invited for interviews at the British High Commission and 18 scholars were retained for their outstanding performances. Out of the 18 scholars eight are women while 10 are men, with one Gabonese and one Chadian among. Brian Olley said the UK Government is inclusively and diversity-friendly, value differences, promotes equality and challenge discrimination, reason why one of the scholars is visually impaired.