British High Commission holds 2014/15 Chevening Farewell event

September 2, 2014, 3:47pm

02 September 2014

British High Commission holds 2014/15 Chevening Farewell event

Chevening applications process for 2015/16 still open until 15 November 2014


Today, the British High Commission and the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) held a Pre-Departure and Farewell event for the two Namibian students who are studying under the UK government funded Chevening scholarship scheme in 2014/15.

The two Namibian Chevening scholars in 2014/15 are Victoria Matjila studying for an MA in International Relations at the University of Cardiff, and Alina Haidula, studying for a MA Petroleum Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London, co-funded by Namcor.


The two Namibian Chevening scholars were briefed by the British High Commission, Chevening officer Hans-Christian Mahnke, the chair of the Namibian Chevening Alumni Network, Bertha Amakali, and Namibian Chevening alumna Jennifer Kandjii.

Bertha Amakali, deputy HoD, PoN, Media Department, highlighted: “Namibia is still in a growth or developmental phase, requiring expertise in a variety of sectors. The country therefore needs educated people at postgraduate level because that is where knowledge is created and assimilated. Assistance in the form of postgraduate scholarships to Namibian students will be the lead agent in ensuring and attaining the objectives of creating knowledge-based economy. “

Currently studying in the UK with a Chevening scholarship, Namibian Colin Namene from Arandis, states: "The Chevening Scholarship not only provides you with an opportunity to study at some of the best universities in the world, but also a platform to establish good networks with alumni in the Chevening family as well as at your university. It’s an enriching experience that is beneficial at a personal and country level".


The competition for the next Chevening cycle, the 2015/16 Chevening Scholarships, is still open and closes on 15 November 2014. All applications must be made through ‘eChevening’, the online Chevening Scholarship application system. Guidance for applicants and a link to eChevening is available on

Chevening Scholarships are UK’s funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations and are an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy efforts. They bring young professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK.

Awards for Namibians are typically for a one-year Master’s degree in the subjects trade, human rights, governance, media, and climate change, and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

Many Namibian Chevening scholars have gone on to reach positions of influence in a range of sectors: some work as MPs, leading journalists, opinion leaders or policy advisors to NGOs and think tanks; others occupy senior positions in public and private organisations.

Applicants should be high calibre graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.