“It is hoped that the opportunities created by the University of London award will make a difference to the lives of the scholars and the wider Ugandan society.”
(PRWEB UK) 17 November 2011
A new scholarship for Ugandan students has been launched by the University of London International Programmes, in line with its dedication to worldwide access.
Scholarships have been awarded to five Ugandan students, allowing them to study for a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree through flexible and distance learning.
They will join a global community of 52,000 students of the University of London International Programmes, including more than 4,800 across Africa.
The selected scholars, chosen from a pool of 150 applicants, are students with the academic ability to study law, who may otherwise struggle to fund their studies. The successful scholars are:
- Joram Amatungo: University graduate working with returnees displaced by the Civil War in Uganda.
- Daniel Adyera: Contractor for British American Tobacco.
- Blaze Amanya: Volunteer, working with children suffering from AIDS.
- Bosco Mawanda Byarugaba: Prison Officer.
- Douglas Lumu: Sales Representative. He first heard of the University of London when reading Nelson Mandela’s biography, former student of the University of London International Programmes.
Scholarships were awarded on the basis of interviews held in September this year by the Laws Scholarships Award Panel for the International Programmes.
Led by the Undergraduate Laws Programme (ULP) at the University of London International Programmes, the scholarship scheme will be developed further to include African Least Developed Countries (LDC), as identified by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as countries with “low per capita income”, “a low level of human resource development” and a “high degree of economic vulnerability.”
Professor Jenny Hamilton, Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme (ULP), said: “At present, there are only around 70 students from the 33 African LDCs studying for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), yet many of these countries possess the greatest need to train more lawyers. In Malawi, for instance, their population of around 15 million relies on some 300 lawyers.”
Professor Hamilton added: “It is hoped that the opportunities created by the University of London award will make a difference to the lives of the scholars and the wider Ugandan society.”
The scholarships will be officially launched on Thursday 24 November at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel in Uganda, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Invitees include a number of local dignitaries.
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- The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Its founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
- In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System, known as the University of London International Programmes with effect from 1 August 2010. This makes the University of London International Programmes the world’s oldest provider of degrees through distance and flexible learning.
- The University of London International Programmes is a unique global network of more than 52,000 students in over 190 countries, on 100+ study programmes.
- Famous former students and alumni include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, former President Nelson Mandela, Charles Kao and Dr Rolph Payet.
- Other notable alumni include Luisa Diogo, who became the first woman to be appointed Prime Minister of Mozambique in 2004. An anti-poverty and health advocate, she has been vocal in taking rich nations to task for not following up on aid, trade and debt relief promises to Africa.
- Explore the range of study programmes available to students of the International Programmes: http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/.
- Definition for African Least Developed Countries (LDC): http://www.ldcgroups.org/content.php?id=164.
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