British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce meets with the members of the press in Palawan on Tuesday to discuss the UK's Chevening Scholarship Program aimed at developing global leaders. (Photo by the Palawan Provincial Information Office)

The British Embassy in the Philippines will work with the Palawan State University (PSU) and the local government to offer scholarships for “brilliant local students” to study abroad for free.

British Ambassador to the Philippines, Daniel Pruce, in a press conference Tuesday, said they have already talked with the PSU to open the Chevening Scholarship Program to Palaweño students.

“The Chevening Scholarship Program creates an opportunity for the brightest and the bests around the world, including in the Philippines, to spend a year studying in the United Kingdom (UK). I am very keen on this, part of my mission is to promote the Chevening scheme across the country, [and] I am excited to be here in Palawan talking to the Palawan State [University] students yesterday about the Chevening program,” Pruce said.

Chevening is the UK government’s international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders since 1983.

He said their goal is to make British education accessible to people from the Philippines, including the “brilliant students of Palawan”.

Chevening is expanding rapidly in the Philippines, especially with its master’s course, Pruce said. This year, they already sent 36 scholars to the UK last year under the scholarship program.

“This reflects the enthusiasm of the Philippines for the opportunity to study in the UK for a year, and also to experience the culture, environment, history, and the social life of the United Kingdom as well,” he said.

Pruce said that the British higher education sector is a consistent leader and ranked the best to offer a world-class experience to overseas students.

We have a wide range of courses to offer students in master’s degrees and doctorate degree, most especially in the field of science and research.

Aside from the Chevening Scholarship Program, Pruce said they also have the transnational education that allows students to study in the Philippines with the courses offered in the UK.