20 Aug 2008 11:30:00.000
Prestigious scholarships, worth £4,000 each, have been awarded to three University of Nottingham students who are planning to spend a year on the other side of the world.
Denesha Brar, Rachel Seeley and Alistair Wye will be studying at the University of Hong Kong in the coming academic year after each being singled out under the British Council ‘Scholarships for Excellence’ initiative.
The Scholarships for Excellence Scheme is run by Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) to encourage UK undergraduate students to spend from a semester up to a year studying in Hong Kong. The scholarships are aimed specifically at outstanding undergraduates hoping to broaden their horizons through overseas study.
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Alistair Wye, who is from Hoddesden in Hertfordshire, said: “It was a great feeling when I found out I had been successful as I had been told previously it is quite rare for students to be selected for the scholarship, let alone three from the same institution. For these reasons I consider myself very lucky.”
Rachel and Alistair, both aged 20, are studying for degrees in Law with Chinese Law, while Denesha, 19, is studying International Relations and Global Issues.
By spending time in Hong Kong, they will experience the vibrant East-West lifestyle of the former British territory — now a Special Administrative Region of China — and learn about a region of vital economic and cultural importance to the UK.
Rachel Seeley, from Alvechurch, Birmingham, said: “I think the scholarship will have a very positive impact on my experience studying abroad, as the extra money will enable me to travel and experience new cultures, as well as enabling me to really explore Hong Kong.”
Denesha Brar, from Hounslow, Middlesex, said: “The British Council encourage their scholars to get involved with the Hong Kong community so this will really help me to immerse myself fully into the Hong Kong culture and lifestyle. By getting more involved within the community, I will learn more about International Relations so this will ultimately have a positive effect on my academic development.”
Historical links between the UK and Hong Kong, and the strength of Hong Kong universities, make Hong Kong an attractive option for UK students. Students are able to pursue their own subjects, taught in English, while exploring a new culture and friendships. Credits earned in Hong Kong are transferable to a UK degree.
The three scholars will follow in the footsteps of another University of Nottingham student, James Poulter, who was a scholarship winner under the scheme in 2007.
Rachel Jessop, International Officer at The University of Nottingham, said: “I am delighted that three of our students have been honoured in this way and hope that this opportunity will serve to further enhance their study abroad period at the University of Hong Kong.”
The Scholarships for Excellence arose out of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the British and Hong Kong governments in 2006 to promote education links of mutual benefit between the UK and Hong Kong.
The UK Government believes it is important that students have the chance to experience other cultures during their studies, while the Government of Hong Kong is seeking to increase cultural exchange and the number of international students on its campuses for the benefit of both Hong Kong students and those from overseas.
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: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.