Chevening sends new batch scholars to the UK

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British Ambassador Asif Ahmad and BPI president and CEO Cezar Consing (center) seal a three-year partnership to support Filipino scholars pursuing banking and finance or trade and investment postgraduate studies in the UK. With them are Chevening-BPI scholars Isabel Plaza (rightmost) who graduated from the 2013 to 2014 program, and this year’s scholarship recipient, Tanya Recalde

British Ambassador Asif Ahmad and BPI president and CEO Cezar Consing (center) seal a three-year partnership to support Filipino scholars pursuing banking and finance or trade and investment postgraduate studies in the UK. With them are Chevening-BPI scholars Isabel Plaza (rightmost) who graduated from the 2013 to 2014 program, and this year’s scholarship recipient, Tanya Recalde

BPI partners with British Embassy’s for post-grad program
PROMOTING educational development and national pride among promising Filipino professionals in various disciplines, the British Embassy in the Philippines has sent eight new beneficiaries of the highly coveted Chevening Scholarship Program to the United Kingdom for academic year 2014-2015.

Recognizing their exemplary leadership qualities, intellectual abilities, early to intermediate work experience, and earnest commitment to return and work in the Philippines after the program, British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad eagerly hosted a send-off reception for the scholars who will pursue their Master’s Degrees in top UK universities.

“This is one of my favorite tasks as an ambassador. Chevening helps unlock potential in people that can make them and their countries better. This year’s batch is a credit to themselves, their families and their country. I am sure the public will be hearing lots more from them in the future,” the envoy said as he congratulated the scholars.

Included in the roster of bright and talented young professionals are Maharlika Alonto, who will take up Investment Banking and Islamic Finance; Armi Bayot, Law; Evangeline Co, Commercial Law; Albert Domingo, Health Systems and Public Policy; Anna Oposa, Conservation Science; Junefe Payot, Poverty and Development; Tanya Recalde, Corporate Law; and Carlos Ely Tingson, who will take his Masters in Information Security.


Chosen from thousands of applicants, the scholars were accepted in the program for demonstrating their potential to be leaders in their respective fields, as well as their potential to positively influence the government sector.

As they gain deeper knowledge and further develop skills in their chosen field, the high standards of UK universities will provide them extensive training and experience in a wide range of courses in healthcare, Islamic finance, environment, socio-economic development, law and information and cyber security.

“We realize that there is an abundance of highly-qualified professionals in the 144 countries and territories where the Chevening scholarship is offered. After they undergo extensive screening and interview process, the scholars are chosen based on the program’s qualifications. We want to see that they have a clear perspective of their study in the UK, and how they will use that education to help different sectors in their country,” the British Ambassador told The Manila Times. This was shortly after the diplomat had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) for a three-year partnership to support deserving Filipinos in pursuing post-graduate studies related to the sectors of banking and finance, and trade and investment. From the eight scholars bound for the UK, the Chevening-BPI partnership provided for the educations of Alonto and Recalde.

“With my six years’ experience in the International Relations Department of the Central Bank, I want to learn more about Free Trade negotiations. With this scholarship grant, I will be able to witness firsthand the model of the European Union integration, and to visit the Bank of England. I plan to use my experience in time for the Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] integration,” said Recalde.

“We have seen the positive impact that talented, driven Filipinos can make on Philippine society when given meaningful international exposure,” acknowledged BPI president Cezar Consing during the MOU signing.

Promising a bigger number of scholarship-grants for academic year 2015 to 2016, the Chevening program is grateful for the continued support of the private sector such as BPI.

Application to the Chevening Scholarship Program 2015 to 2016 is open until November 15. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree in any subject at any of the UK’s leading universities. For more information, log on to www.chevening.org/apply.

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