For the past 30 years the UK has been instrumental in funding those who
wish to undertake higher studies in the UK. People who are, or have been,
educated in the UK have a lasting tie with the country. They promote Britain
around the world and Britain gains further access into the international
arena. British education and training exports are worth some eight billion
pounds a year, with scholarships making up a portion of this.
The British Council Bangladesh manages a number of different UK government and non-government scholarships. Three of these: The Chevening, the Bank of England and the Commonwealth Scholarship schemes are among the most sought after by Bangladeshi students
British Chevening Scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. These are offered in more than 150 countries and are targeted at high flyers and young professionals who are already established in their careers or are in policy making positions. The scholarships are for one year Master's or equivalent courses. Candidates are selected by the High Commissions and Embassies overseas and administered by the British Council offices on behalf of the FCO. This year 10 scholars from Bangladesh were awarded Chevening Scholarships
This scheme assists Commonwealth students and academics who wish to study in other Commonwealth countries. It promotes educational opportunities at the highest level throughout the Commonwealth. The application process is initiated by the Ministry of Education through advertisements in the daily newspapers, and candidates are selected by the University Grants Commission. The British Council forwards the applications to the UK for the final selection. This year 16 candidates from Bangladesh were selected
In 1990 the Bank of England approached the British Council about managing
training programmes in Britain under their Developing Countries Educational
Trust (DCET). This scheme enables young professionals from the financial
sector of developing countries to follow a one year postgraduate course
in a banking related subject at a UK institution. Areas of study include
banking, financial administration, debt management and related subjects.
The prime objective of the scheme is to equip trainees with a broader
knowledge and range of skills in their fields. This year the BoE gave
scholarships to three trainees from Bangladesh.