UK government awards Chevening Scholarships to three Pinoys

The United Kingdom government has awarded Chevening Scholarships to three Filipinos, giving them the chance to pursue their studies in Britain starting this month, according to the British Embassy in Manila. The recipients are Ian Norman Dato, Edzyl Josef Magante and Dave Jesus Devilles.

A former Department of Justice undersecretary, Dato is now taking up his Master of Laws in Public International Law at the University College London. Magante, a member of the legal staff of Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio Morales, is pursuing a Master of Laws degree in International Business Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Devilles, a public relations specialist at the Energy Development Corporation, is studying Corporate Communications and Reputation Management at the University of Manchester.

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office grants the Chevening Scholarships to "young individuals in the early stage of their careers, who have the potential to become leaders, decision makers and opinion formers in their chosen fields," according to a statement by the British Embassy in Manila. For over 26 years, it has provided "more than 30,000 scholarships at Higher Education Institutions in the UK for postgraduate students or researchers from countries across the world."

In August 2009, six Filipinos received Chevening scholarships: Susana Beatriz Latay (Finance at the University of Edinburgh), Andrea Patricia Tan (Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the London Business School), Josephine Maribojoc (Law at the University College London), Azela Arumpac (International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies), Gerard Chan (Law at the Durham University), and Rene Pacturan (Mechanical Engineering at the University College London). The scholarship is named after the Chevening House in Kent, the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary’s official country residence.

For more on this story, log on to the official website of the British Embassy in Manila.

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