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03.09.2003 General News

Seventeen to benefit from UK scholarship

By GNA
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Accra, Sept. 3, GNA - Seventeen persons have been listed to undertake postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom under the Chevening scholarship programme.

They are James Owusu Gyamfi, Sidney Kwesi Ellis, Mary-Ann Acolatse, Richard Boateng, Vincent Kobby Asmah, Kofi Safo Amoakohene, Abdul-Rahman Ahmed, Theodora Peresheila, Assifuah, Sheila Azuntaba, Kafui Kwame Afenyo, Awulatu Inusah Abdul Fatai Oladosu Ahmed and Gloria Amoah Osei. Others are Jonathan Selasi Dzakpata, Philip Aboagye Anokye, Georgina Oduro, and Cynthia Ayebo.

They will study in areas such as computer science, foreign service, international journalism, management information system, construction management, radio systems engineering, rural development and food production management.

A statement issued by the British High Commission said the entire course, which cost 300,000 pounds sterling would be funded by the High Commission with counterpart support from other corporate bodies. The statement noted that individuals selected had displayed excellence and commitment in their respective fields of endeavour.

"These scholars have already shown outstanding achievement and commitment to Ghana, and have the potential to play an important role in the continuing social, economic and political development of Ghana...." The aim of the Chevening scheme is to send to the UK present and future leaders, decision-makers and opinion leaders. It was named after the "Chevening House", an official residence of the British Foreign Secretary.

The statement said the candidates were selected by the British High Commission in consultation with the British Council with preference to persons already established in a carrier, with proven skills and prospects of becoming leaders in their chosen fields.

Since the scheme's inception in 1983, as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship programme, it has provided more than 40,000 scholarships to students in over 150 countries with Ghana benefiting 140 scholarship awards.

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