On 4 March, Chevening Scholars gathered with their families at the British Embassy in Seoul to learn about and discuss the global food crisis at an event co-hosted with Oxfam. The event, titled ‘OXFAM X Sam Kim Food Truck’, gave participants the chance to taste Korean chef Sam Kim’s pasta, learn more about Oxfam Korea’s work, fundraise […]
Russian alumni seek sustainable solutions
In June, the Russia Chevening Alumni Association held a panel discussion on global sustainable development to explore global problems and look for practical solutions. The event was hosted by the British Ambassador at his residence in Moscow.
Being one of the most important topics of today, the discussion attracted a variety of leading organisations in this field. It welcomed heads of a number of top corporate sustainable development departments, a range of NGOs, academia, and social entrepreneurs.
Among the speakers were representatives of UNDP, British Embassy Moscow, the Aga Khan Foundation, UNGC, Rus’ Fund, and the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. Chevening Alumni working on sustainable development programmes at Granta Design in Cambridge also took part via video.
The number of fascinating examples provided by both the speakers and audience members demonstrates how much work is being done internationally in this field. There was also discussion about how Russians can implement and adapt key sustainable development principals in Russia, sharing global best practice.
The Russia Chevening Alumni Association said: ‘We hope that our event has not only enlarged the knowledge and understanding of the topic in Russia, but will help to establish new partnerships that will bring more initiatives pursuing sustainable development goals. After all, as proud members of international Chevening community, we care deeply about the future of our beautiful world.’
Since its launch, the association has also held a Chevening summer festival to celebrate alumni achievements and the Chevening community in Russia. The event gathered over 70 alumni from different years, who had an opportunity to try Ceilidh dancing, take photos in the photo booth, and refresh their connections with fellow Cheveners. The event also included the first ever ‘Russia Chevening Alumnus of the Year’ award, presented by the Deputy Head of Mission Martin Harris.
This year’s winner, Olga Kravets, received the award for her outstanding achievements in raising awareness on local human rights issues through her documentary film titled It’s getting dark, which features the stories of five Russian political prisoners’ families. Three other alumni were also recognised for their significant achievements in: Defending human rights in Russian Constitutional Court (Sergey Golubok); contributing to international development (Esuna Dugarova); and supporting children with special needs (Victoria Zankina).
Chevening Alumna Dinara Dultaeva from Uzbekistan studied at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies in 2009. Following her degree, her long-held dream of creating a company that contributed to showcasing her home to the world came true. Inspired by her course at Cardiff, she started a publishing house, Dinara & Co. It […]
The British Embassy in Caracas and the Chevening Alumni Association are carrying out a series of masterclasses to foster discussions on topics of interest for Venezuela and the UK and deepen links between universities from both countries. The first masterclass took place on 5 December 2016 at Catholic University Andrés Bello (UCAB). It celebrated international […]