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Creating the next generation of global leaders

Sam Colli and Trung Pham
Sunday, 4 November, 2018

THERE are only a few days left to apply to apply to study at Schumacher College through the Chevening Scholarship programme.

The prestigious international award scheme is run by the UK Government and aimed at developing global leaders for the future.  It enables talented students, who might not otherwise be able to afford to study, the opportunity to learn and expand their networks. 

Before coming to study at Schumacher College Samantha Coli, 31, from Mexico, a student on MA Ecological Design Thinking, was working as a human rights lawyer, focussing in the protection of environmentalists, gender and the rights of indigenous people.

As part of the application process students have to show how they are leaders in their own country and how they can share leadership skills, show networking skills and how we can enhance their home networks and those in the UK. Selections are made by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Samantha (pictured left) says: “I have found the legal system to be very limited and so I am looking for new ways to approach social justice from an eco-centric perspective – how we can protect people’s rights while also protecting the rights of the earth.”

Trung Pham (pictured right), from Vietnam, also an MA Ecological Design Thinking student, has for the last four years been working as an architect collaborating with a local NGO (non-governmental organisation) to improve local public spaces, parks and playgrounds for children.

He lives in Hoi An – one of the most famous tourist destination in Vietnam where the over-development is bringing about lots of social and environmental problems, such as inequality, beach erosion, water pollution and waste management.

“I would like to work with local people to make an eco - friendly village that brings benefits to themselves and also to the Earth. I hope this project would be a typical sample for ecological approach based on community in my country”, he says.

Applications for the Chevening Awards Scheme have just been extended and now close on November 8 at 12 noon. You can find out more here.