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Scholarships for professionals in developing countries to enable them to bring new skills to their public service roles

Posted on 20 October 2016

The Department is delighted to partner with the CSC and welcomes our new students

Doreen Mulema

This year the department had six prestigious Commonwealth Scholarships to award to experienced professionals who have potential to contribute to their country's development needs. The scholarships are for candidates on our distance learning programme MA in Public Policy and Management. They provide the candidates with the opportunity to grow their knowledge and leadership skills while continuing to work and live in their own country.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission who fund the scholarships, aims to contribute to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth.

Lucia Makamure

The candidates are chosen on the basis of merit and because of their ability to contribute towards the UN’s sustainable development goals in their home countries. The goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

This year's scholars come from Jamaica, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana. They include Doreen Mulema (above), who works in the field of public procurement for the government of Uganda, and Lucia Makamure (right), who works for an organisation monitoring and promoting the rights of women in South Africa.

Commenting on this opportunity, Doreen said:

“I am very grateful to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for the opportunity to undertake studies for the masters in Public Policy and Management at one of the leading universities in the world. The course will expose me to public management skills that should enable me help my organisation and society to meet the challenges we face in the 21st century”.

Lucia noted that “A Masters qualification in Public Policy and Management will enhance my analytical, research and writing skills. However most importantly it will deepen my understanding of my role as a developmental practitioner in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Dr Enrico Reuter, the Programme Director for the Masters in Public Policy and Management, commented that "We are delighted that we have been able to offer places to Doreen, Lucia and their fellow scholars. Through these studies they will join an international online learning community, and will be able to develop knowledge, skills and understanding for both their current roles and their future progression.

We are especially pleased that the Commission has endorsed the benefits of distance learning, through this innovative scheme, as our research underlines the rich benefits that can flow from integrating study with work."

We welcome them all and wish them an exciting and fruitful experience on their Masters course.