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Royal Holloway International celebrates the achievements of its scholars

Posted on 03/03/2010

Sheryl Simon, Director of RHI, and Professor Rob Kemp, pictured with Bolashak scholars

Royal Holloway, University of London held its annual International Scholarships Reception on 1 March, celebrating the achievements of international scholars studying at Royal Holloway on scholarships either from the College, its affiliated partners, or government bodies. The event raises awareness of the various contributions of international scholars to Royal Holloway’s community and the important role played by international scholarships in facilitating study opportunities.


The evening, organised by Royal Holloway International, was attended by more than 80 scholars from across the globe. They were joined by representatives from various embassies and scholarship bodies, including the Chinese Embassy, and representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Grupo Santander.


The International Scholarships Reception also provided international scholars with an opportunity to showcase their various talents. There were musical performances from Royal Holloway’s Choir, while Myra Leung, an undergraduate Music with French student, performed ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from Handel’s Messiah (4’40). The evening was closed by Lidia Scarlat, a BA Media Arts student with several years’ experience as a solo music performer, who sang ‘Feeling Good’ by Michael Bublé.


Other scholars discussed their various experiences, with Fiorella Montero Diaz, studying for a PhD in Music, talking about the “life-changing opportunities the scholarships provide.” She added, “At Royal Holloway we find excellence, but also an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and learning, one which truly moves hearts and minds.”


This message was echoed by Sana Khan and Amina Khan, postgraduate students on MSc Democracy, Politics and Governance, as well as Kamila Sakipova, an undergraduate student of Ecology and the Environment, who gave an overview of the Kazakh Government’s Bolashak scholarships. Shanshan Chen, studying for a MA in Documentary by Practice, highlighted the transition she was able to make from journalism into fictional documentary-making and gave the audience an insight into her first documentary entitled ‘Floating’.


The Acting Principal at Royal Holloway, Professor Rob Kemp commented: “Our international students make vital contributions to the character and quality of the College. Their intellectual and cultural experiences truly enhance the student experience as a whole, helping cultivate Royal Holloway’s multicultural and diverse environment.”


Sheryl Simon, Director of Royal Holloway International, said: "The International Scholarships Reception provides not only an opportunity to celebrate our students’ achievements but for our students to give us a glimpse into what they bring to Royal Holloway and to share with us their hopes and aspirations for the future."


For more information about Royal Holloway International – and for a full list of the scholarships on offer – please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/international/


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