Six Commonwealth Shared Scholars at the University of Glasgow recently took the opportunity to meet together one last time before returning home.
The students, all from African countries, were invited to say farewell to Professor John Briggs, Clerk of Senate and International Dean for Africa, and Helen Templar, International Officer, and receive small gifts from the university.
The meeting gave the students the opportunity to reflect on their time in Glasgow which included visits to Glencoe, ceilidh dances, a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park, and the refreshing experience of swimming in the waters off Troon.
The students were full of praise for staff as well as the library facilities, the graduate skills programme, the friendly people of Glasgow, and the barbecue organised by the Masters in Public Health team!
The resounding piece of advice from the group for incoming international students is to get involved in all the activities and opportunities that Glasgow offers.
Simon Izaugie, Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Nigeria, said:
‘Without the Commonwealth Scholarship funding there’s no way I could have come to Glasgow to study. There were things I didn’t know before I came here and what I have learned here now has really added value to my understanding.’
Pictured are (top to bottom, left to right):
- Barnabas Bessing (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Ghana, Master of Public Health)
- Helen Templar, International Officer, University of Glasgow
- Godsway Gbortsu (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Ghana, MSc Global Economy)
- Oghenekevwe Itobi (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Nigeria, MSc Mechatronics)
- Prof John Briggs. Clerk of Senate and International Dean for Africa, University of Glasgow
- Simon Izuagie (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Nigeria, MSc Environmental Statistics)
- Mercy Ochieng (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Kenya, LLM International Law)
- Shadrach Dare (2012 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Ghana, Master of Public Health)