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14 May 2012
More than 85 international students, government ministries, embassies, independent international sponsorship agencies and corporate sponsors joined University staff at the International Scholars’ Evening to recognise students’ achievements and the contribution made by their sponsors.
Among those honoured were the winners of the Chevening Scholarship, a prestigious and highly competitive British Council award; academic prize winners from a number of the University’s Schools; and students sponsored by a range of government agencies and corporations worldwide.
A highlight of the evening was an inspiring speech by Jamaican student Dacia Leslie, winner of a Commonwealth Commission Scholarship for her doctoral studies on repeat criminality.
Speaking to the gathered audience, Dacia, a postgraduate student in the School of Social Sciences, spoke passionately about what she intended to achieve through her studies at Cardiff: "I very much hope to be able to go out, impact the world and change one life at a time. The facilities at Cardiff are second to none and conducive to personal growth."
Other outstanding international talent recognised at the event included Alithea Wong, a student of Cardiff Law School. Alithea won a merit-based bursary for her first year results and described how winning a scholarship had "definitely alleviated the financial burden of studying abroad and will provide a motivational boost to doing well for the rest of my degree".
Cheng Wei, a Chevening Scholarship winner from China, reiterated how the scholarship not only offered him a chance to study abroad, but also to gain an edge in his career. Awarded to people who have been identified as potential future leaders in a range of fields, Cheng said: "By undertaking my Economics degree I will be able to formulate useful public policies for local and regional development back home".
Cardiff University has always maintained strong ties with organisations and businesses that sponsor students, and the event was also an opportunity to build on these relationships. Dr Noorzalina, from the Malaysian organisation Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), which last year supported 135 students at Cardiff, explained that the University offered "good communication and marvellous support, and that students always came back with good feedback."
Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, said: "We are a world- leading University and these scholarships enable us to attract the most talented students from all over the globe to Cardiff. We value the contribution that these students and their sponsors make to our student body, and this annual event is a great opportunity to recognise this."
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