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British HC holds Chevening scholarship session at LPC

LAHORE, OCT 18 (DNA) -The British High Commission, in partnership with the Media Advocacy Center, held a seminar titled “How to get a Chevening Scholarship” at the Lahore Press Club. The session was aimed at raising the awareness of the UK’s prestigious scholarship scheme amongst future leaders of Pakistan, including the Pakistani journalist community.The British High Commission team including Mr. Andy Battson, Head of Chevening Pakistan, Mrs. Shahla Qayyum, Deputy Head of Chevening, Mr. Imran Rana, Spokesperson (Ur) attended the event hosted by Mr. Arshad Ansari, President of the Lahore Press Club, Mr. Zulfiqar Mehto, Secretary General of the Media Advocacy Center and Mr. Sikandar Lodhi, Chairman of the Media Advocacy Center.

During the discussion, Battson highlighted the history, objectives and benefits of the programme and encouraged prospective applicants to apply online at

The attendees also had the opportunity to hear the personal experiences of Chevening Scholars Ms. Aasia Saail Khan and Shahbaz Safdar Ali, benefiting from their experience of life overseas and on making an effective scholarships application. The closing date of this year’s Chevening Applications window is 3 November 2015.

For the academic year 2015/16 the UK Government quadrupled the number of scholarship places for Pakistan, and same number is expected for 2016/17, offering a substantial number of opportunities for prospective leaders to come to the UK and further their education.

The Head of the Chevening Pakistan, Andy Battson, said: “Chevening scholarships offer the potential future leaders of Pakistan the opportunity to study for a post-graduate qualification in the UK.

Students in the UK benefit not only from our world class universities but also from our dynamic, vibrant and multicultural society. Our universities similarly benefit from having top professionals study with them.

“The scheme has produced over 44,000 scholars to date globally, which also includes more than 1,300 Pakistani nationals from various disciplines, including journalism.

We are proud of the Chevening alumni and the important contribution they are making towards Pakistan’s development. This demonstrates that Chevening not only brings immediate benefits for individual scholars but also long-term benefits for both Pakistan and the UK. This is a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries.=DNA

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