Twenty-two young Ghanaians have been awarded Chevening Scholarship to pursue a one-year post-graduate studies in the United Kingdom.
They include Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, Rebecca Kwei, Theodore Fiamegu, Naa Ayeleysu Quaynor-Mettle, Cornelius Otoo, Annie Flora Mills, Jennifer Asare, Mary Agoriwo, Joseph Aduku, Bright Oduro and Enoch Quaye.
They would pursue their Master’s Programme in different disciplines.
The Chevening Scholarship Programme provides an opportunity for future leaders, influential and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally, academically and to network extensively to build lasting positive relationship with the UK.
Mr. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana, speaking at the farewell reception for the scholars, said the programme had recorded an increase in Ghanaian participation.
He said Ghana was 10th on the list of the 20 member countries with the highest application for the 2016/17 cycle.
He said the scholarship programme was funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth office, together with partner organisations.
The High Commissioner said Chevening was an important element in Britain’s diplomacy effort towards helping to send professionals who had already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK.
“We are pleased to award and bid farewell to 22 future leaders, who will soon form part of this influential and highly regarded network,” he added.
He expressed the hope that upon their return, they would rise to the position of leadership across different influential sectors of the Ghana economy.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education, commended the British government and the Commonwealth office for the opportunity to empower the future leaders of the country.
She said Ghana had a good and vigorous educational system and would continue to produce highly qualified scholars to feed the scheme.
She advised the scholars to conduct themselves with dignity and learn from others to continue to build their portfolio for the national development.