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Uganda’s high commission in UK hosts Chevening scholars, promises closer links

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LONDON–Uganda High Commission in London has “regretted” not facilitating closer links with Ugandan scholars to the United Kingdom in past and promised better engagements going forward.

Officials at Uganda House in London warmed up to the idea of regular meetings with Ugandan scholars across Britain when they hosted a group of 10 Chevening scholar–who are currently pursuing their masters degrees at various universities in the United Kingdom–to a luncheon.

The meeting and subsequent luncheon took place on Thursday last week.

The scholars, who started their studies in September last year, are due to complete their one-year programme later this year.

“As Cheveners, we had travelled to London from across UK to take part in activities organised on July 4 by the Chevening Secretariat to mark the formal end of our programme,” said Peter Isingoma, MSc Information Security at the University of Surrey.

“It was while in London that we mooted the idea of paying a courtesy call on Uganda House.”

A day later, on June 5, the Chevening scholars paid a courtesy call on the Ugandan High Commission in London, which hosted them to a meeting at the High Commission and, later, a luncheon at Thai Square, a restaurant near Trafalgar Square.

The Head of the Consular Department at Uganda’s mission, Juliet Mugerwa Namiiro, welcomed the scholars to Uganda House in London, saying the mission was happy to host the group at their home away from him.

During the meeting, the Minister Counsellor for Commercial and Economic Matters, Godfrey Kwoba, said Uganda’s Mission to the UK was delighted to host the scholars and expressed regret that such interaction had not happened earlier.

“The scholars suggested that the Mission puts in place to regularly meet future Cheveners, as well as winners of other related masters study grants such as the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth-shared scholarships who fly the country’s flag at different universities in the UK,” Isingoma said, adding that the Uganda Mission officials welcomed the idea and pledged to follow up on it.

The Chevening Scholarship is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership qualities from 144 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom

Besides the annual Chevening Scholarships, other Ugandan scholars to the UK include those on Commonwealth Scholarship–postgraduate scholarships for nationals of Commonwealth countries, funded by the UK government and intended to support individuals who will subsequently make a contribution to the development of their home country.

Uganda’s Chevening Scholarship recipients for 2017/18

1. Peter Isingoma, MSc Information Security, University of Surrey

2. Olivia Namiyonga, MSc Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham

3. Benon Herbert Oluka, MA International Communication, University of Leeds

4. Phionah Katushabe, MA International Social Development, University of East Anglia

5. Bob Ssekyanzi, Master of Public Health, University of Edinburgh

6. Diana Nakaweesa, LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights, Ulster University

7. Catherine Nabifo, MSc Cyber Security and Forensics, University of Westminster

8. Abdulhakim Ssenyange, MSc Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control, King’s College London

9. Daphine Ampumuza, LLM in Corporate Law, University of Durham

10. Jude Lubega, LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA, University of Portsmouth

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