Live Correspondent: Bangladesh and UK has a tradition of cultural and academic exchange. Over the years, this relationship has further strengthened that helped to grow on an alumni network of approximately over 25,000, who are living and working in Bangladesh.
Many of these professionals (around 1,600 till now) had been offered the Commonwealth Scholarships who are using their expertise from UK to enable a driving change for their community.
The British Council in Bangladesh has been supporting this feature in coordination with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) under the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) who administers the fellowship program.
Commonwealth Scholarship Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is to provide opportunities for Commonwealth students to pursue advanced academic study in other Commonwealth countries for future prospective students to take up higher quality education in UK and forming to strengthen a community for higher economic gains in the field of postgraduate and doctoral studies.
On behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, British Council delivers CSFP program promotion, alumni tracing, pre-departure support, briefings in priority and represented countries, additionally works with nominating agency, and alumni associations in priority countries.
The British Council’s responsibility has shifted to marketing and communications landscape by launching pre-departure support or briefings in priority and represented countries, and additionally work for nominating agents for spreading information over CSC schemes within their priority countries (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).
Offers from CSC enable an individual to secure high skills opportunity, equipped with training and professional skills other than just academics. To contribute to UK Higher Education and foreign policy aims by encouraging collaboration and links, CSC offers schemes for Bangladeshi nationals on the following grounds:
1. Medical Fellowships
2. Doctoral Scholarships
3. Split-Site Doctoral Scholarships
4. Master’s Scholarship
5. Shared Master’s Scholarship
6. Distance Learning Scholarships for Masters Study
As CSC is UK’s one of the most prestigious scholarships that a student can receive for a higher education in the UK, it is noteworthy that Honourable Speaker of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, is also a Commonwealth Scholar.
CSC Alumni – What’s their say?
“A recognition of talent being titled as a Commonwealth Scholar is in itself a prestigious act one would like to have as it is solely judged on merit,” says Neelima Akhter, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Dhaka; having pursed an MA in English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick (2007-2008).
Dr Haseeb Md Irfanullah, Programme Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), shares, “Scholars have an exposure to a globalised world with reputed education system and where multiculturalism connects people with a vision of knowledge transfer.” He has obtained a PhD in Ecology from the University of Liverpool.
Living in a multiculturalism environment helps one to grow by gaining new perspectives of life and by better discovering one’s own potential. Both of them also are active members of Bangladesh Association of Commonwealth Scholars (BACSAF), which was formed in 2014 with aims of maintaining connectedness between the scholars, mentoring young and talented researchers and adding greater value to the society.
Students aspiring to apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship are encouraged to contact University Grants Commission, Bangladesh, Agargaon, Dhaka-1207 or visit British Council website (http://www.britishcouncil.org.bd/en/commonwealth-scholarship-and-fellowship-plan-csfp) for information.
Dhaka// 30, July (campuslive24.com)// IH