Farewell to our September 2016 cohort of Chevening and Commonwealth scholars!

August 30, 2017

In September 2016, eight Chevening scholars and one Commonwealth scholar joined us to study a wide range of postgraduate programmes.

These prestigious scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world. They will soon be graduating to join a network of over 50,000 Chevening and Commonwealth alumni across the globe who together comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

On Wednesday 30 August the scholars were given an opportunity to network with Dr Ben Calvert (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching & Student Experience), Lucy Meredith (Dean Of Faculty Of Computing, Engineering & Science) and the International Office. This was an opportunity to reflect on the academic year and to say farewell to those scholars who will be returning to their home countries shortly.

The British summer has clearly left an impression on some of our scholars; when asked what she’ll miss most about living in Wales, Chevening scholar, Ruvarashe Nyaruwata from Zimbabwe, studying MSc Aeronautical Engineering said “I’ll miss the summers that last only a few days!”

The weather didn’t put them off though; our scholars have made the most of their time in Wales and many have taken the opportunity to explore. Sharif Khoshnaw, Chevening scholars from Kurdistan studying MSc Renewable Energy and Resource Management said “I will miss the great moments I have spent travelling around Wales from the mountains like Snowdon and Pen y Fan all the way to the beaches in the south.”

Their year at USW has been a whirlwind of personal and academic challenges and building new friendships. Most of our scholars are finalising their Masters dissertations but Koemhong Sol, Chevening scholar from Cambodia studying MSc Leadership and Management (Education) has already handed in his dissertation! He said “The proudest moment during my Chevening journey was when I handed in my dissertation. Having gone through all the hardships, I could not enjoy that moment enough.”

We wish all our Chevening and Commonwealth scholars all the very best in the future!