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Leicester announces 'life-changing' scholarships

Six prestigious Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships awarded to students from around the world

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | October 03, 2016 | International

The University of Leicester has announced the names of its 2016 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholars. These students have been awarded Commonwealth Scholarships to allow them to pursue a Master’s course while living in their home countries. 

The Scholarships have been awarded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom. 

Pamela Komujuni Kalule from Uganda, Krishna Mohan Clarke from from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Azukaego Nwando Nnaji from Nigeria, Daniel Howell Mendez from Belize, Sangeeta Pal from India, and Yovanie Poinen from Mauritius have all been selected to pursue the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (RCDM) by distance learning at the Civil Safety and Security Unit at the University of Leicester. 

The six Scholars beat off competition from over 150 applicants and were welcomed on campus by the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle on Monday 26 September whilst attending their first Study School visit. 

The MSc in RCDM is a specialised course suitable for professionals, practitioners and the like. The course bridges the traditional division between the management of technological, social and natural hazards by combining risk, communication, vulnerability and development theories.

I received several grants from the Government of India to do my BA in English Literature at Delhi University and MA in Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Programme to do my PhD in Sociology at Warwick University. They changed my life and I am certain that these Scholarships will change theirs too

Each Scholarship covers course fees, course materials, three visits to attend Study Schools at Leicester and a laptop.

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Lecturer in Risk Management in the University of Leicester’s School of Business who won the scholarships for the University said: “Commonwealth Scholarships are very special because they give opportunities to meritorious individuals from the Commonwealth nations. Scholars are able to read our MSc in RCDM without leaving their home country which maximises their potential to enhance the development of their home countries with the knowledge and leadership skills they acquire from Leicester.

“The Commonwealth Scholarships also allow removing the financial barrier individuals from Commonwealth nations often face when applying to our MSc in RCDM. This will offer a new beginning for winners of the Scholarships. Hailing from a rural area of North Bengal, I have benefitted from such scholarships for my entire higher education. I received several grants from the Government of India to do my BA in English Literature at Delhi University and MA in Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Ford Foundation’s International Fellowship Programme to do my PhD in Sociology at Warwick University. They changed my life and I am certain that these Scholarships will change theirs too.” 

W: https://le.ac.uk

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