Students Staff

04 December 2013

Future leaders join Essex to study human rights

Maithamako Anna Mmolai-Chalmers

Maithamako Anna Mmolai-Chalmers

The University of Essex has welcomed nine new postgraduate students this term, all studying in the UK as Chevening Scholars: a highly prestigious, international scheme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The students, most of whom are studying human rights degrees, have been selected for their potential as future world leaders in their fields.

To celebrate the arrival of our Chevening Scholars in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December, we have recorded a series of audio interviews with them, to be released  over the next week.

Maithamako Anna Mmolai-Chalmers, from Botswana, kicks off our Chevening podcast, with her reasons for wanting to study at Essex, a place she describes as “the hub of human rights…internationally.”

Maithamako, who is studying MSc Human Rights and Research Methods, hopes her experiences at Essex will help her achieve her ambition of being “the best I can be for my country.”

There are more than 600 Chevening Scholars in the class of 2013-14, studying across the UK on a range of postgraduate schemes. Since its foundation in 1983, the Chevening programme has supported more than 41,000 graduates, many of whom are now in leadership positions around the world, and some of whom have gone on to take office as prime ministers or presidents of their home countries.

The aim of the Chevening Scholarship programme is to create lasting, positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers.

The 2013-14 Essex Chevening Scholars are:
Juliana De Oliveira – MSc Human Rights and Research Methods
Maithamako Anna Mmolai-Chalmers – MSc Human Rights and Research Methods
Dawda Jallow – LLM International Human Rights Law
Javier Antonio Brolo – MSc Political Science
Aidar Zeidilda – LLM International Human Rights Law
Hay Man Oo – MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights
Rukamanee Maharjan – LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Halil Kosumi – LLM International Human Rights Law
Kwanravee Wangudom – MA Sociology

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