Seventeen Guyanese will be departing for the United Kingdom to complete one-year Masters programmes in various fields after being awarded Chevening Scholarships.
British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn today said the scholarships are costing the UK government an approximate $128Million.
The individuals will depart in September and are conducting studies in areas such as oil and gas and public health. The High Commissioner is hopeful that those benefitting will return to Guyana and use their expertise to develop the country.
For this year, 298 applications were received from Guyana.
According to the Department of Public Information, the application for the 2019 scholarships is opened and will close on November 6, 2018.
The High Commissioner noted that since he began his term, the number of scholarships awarded has increased.
The Chevening Scholarships Programme commenced in 1983 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme (FCOAS) and is funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its partner organisations.
The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.