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British high commissioner welcomes Chevening and Commonwealth scholars

By Afshan S. Khan
February 27, 2024
British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott CMG OBE. — GOV.UK
British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott CMG OBE. — GOV.UK

Islamabad:After completing postgraduate studies in the UK, the 2022-23 cohort consisting of 47 Chevening and 46 Commonwealth scholars had the opportunity to re-connect and foster relationships which will stay with them for life.

The 2022-23 cohorts came from across Pakistan, with all provinces represented. The scholars all benefited from fully-funded scholarships to study a range of subjects, including development, public health, climate change and business, at leading universities like the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.

They will now join a cohort of high-profile alumni from diverse fields. This includes the first female judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan High Court, Amna Zamir Shah, prominent disability activist Abia Akram, and the first woman lawyer from the Hazara minority, Jalila Haider.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott CMG OBE, said, "Our Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships are up there at the top of the UK’s education offer to Pakistani. These returning scholars have not only received an education at some of the world’s best universities that have also expanded their professional networks and experienced life in the UK. They take this with them as return to their respective careers and fields.”

Aurangzeb Kasi, a scholar from Baluchistan, said, “Chevening was a transformative experience, enriching me both academically and culturally. I can’t wait to use the global perspective I’ve gained to pioneer positive change in my community.”