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Posted : 2014-10-08 17:15
Updated : 2014-10-13 11:23

57 students to receive scholarship from UK universities

Ken Gil, left, CEO of the Northern Consortium of U.K. Universities (NCUK), poses with Kim Jee-young, fourth from left, principal director of NCUK Korea Center, in the British Council Korea in central Seoul, Tuesday, during a media launch of the NCUK scholarships scheme. Standing with them are Gosia Wells, second from left, director of international office at the University of Sheffield; Piera Gerrard, third from left, marketing director of NCUK; Martin Fryer, second from right, director of the British Council; and Paul Turner, right, Asia-Pacific director of NCUK.
/ Courtesy of British Council

By Chung Hyun-chae

The Northern Consortium of U.K. Universities (NCUK), an educational charity owned by 17 British universities including the University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University, launched a scholarship program to commemorate its 25th anniversary this year.

About $1.6 million will be awarded through the program, which will benefit the top performers in a one-year pre-university course for international high school graduates who wish to attend British universities.

"We are delighted to open up exciting opportunities to young people who are just starting out on their career paths," Ken Gil, CEO of the NCUK, said Tuesday at a press conference at the British Council in Korea in Jongno, Seoul.

"This scholarship scheme is the start of a major new initiative by our U.K. universities and our partner, IEN, to invest in the next generation of young people who are starting out in their own pursuit of success," the CEO added.

The NCUK has offered its International Foundation Year since 2009, and IEN is the charity's exclusive Korean partner.

Through this scholarship program, 57 students will be awarded 5,000 pounds per year during each year of a three-year undergraduate degree program. The five highest achievers will then get an additional 2,000 pounds per year.

The NCUK said it would make a similar announcement in two more countries next month, and predicted that it would receive about 1,000 applications from all three countries.

"We will see if the scholarship program is successful and then decide whether to extend it," said the NCUK's marketing director Piera Gerrard.

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