United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the United Kingdom will create an extra 100 Chevening Scholarships for African Students to study in the United Kingdom. May announced the extra scholarships while in South Africa on the first leg of her African tour. She is also visiting Kenya and Nigeria. According to the United Kingdom,
Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.
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Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over 8,000 African students have benefited from the scholarship scheme since it kicked off in 1983. In September 2018, at least 340 African students will begin their masters’ programmes in the UK on the scholarship scheme, with 25 of these students from Zimbabwe.