Welcome to Cambridge Africa Scholars
On Thursday 14 January, the Trust hosted a reception for students from sub-Saharan Africa who this year begin their studies in Cambridge.
The Trust is supporting an intake of 34 new students this year, including the first five recipients of the Cambridge Africa Scholarship, a new programme of awards for PhD students in any discipline jointly funded by the University and the Trust.
This new scholarship serves to strengthen the links between Cambridge and Africa and increases the Trust’s ability to support outstanding African students at Cambridge. It has been greatly enhanced by the collaboration of the Cambridge-Africa Programme, which aims to strengthen Africa’s capacity for a sustainable research and mentoring culture.
As well as the students, the event was attended by representatives of the Trust and Gates Cambridge, who are supporting 4 new students from Africa this year, colleagues from the Cambridge-Africa Programme, and senior members of the University.
Dr. Toby Wilkinson, Director of International Strategy for the University addressed the attendees on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, and Helen Pennant, Director of the Trust, welcomed the scholars. She commented “many of you will be all too well aware that Africa urgently needs to increase its research capacity; by coming to Cambridge to pursue your education and research, you are making an important contribution to fulfilling that need".
Images of the event can be viewed on the Trust’s flickr account.