Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The United Kingdom Announces Funding Cuts to Two Scholarship Schemes

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced a reduction in the Chevening scholarship Scholarships Programme from £27.3m in 2007-2008 to £18.86m this year and an end to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan beginning in 2009-2010. Universities UK argues that this measure is in direct opposition to the United Kingdom’s initiatives to increase foreign student enrollments and may impact British students’ opportunities to study abroad. Current funding levels allow over 1,500 foreign students to study in the United Kingdom every year.

The Chevening Scholarships Programme is the British Government’s flagship for international postgraduate scholars administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

More on this at the following BBC News article:

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