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Chevening Scholarship Recipients Proud of Chance to Study in UK

Chevening Scholarship Recipients Proud of Chance to Study in UK
Sharon Biribo (Front from left ) Acting British High Commissioner Dave Jones (Centre) and Vitalina Chung (First from right) with other chevening scholarship recepients from the Pacific. August 12, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA.
September 13
11:39 2018

Two Fijian women yesterday each received a Chevening Scholarship to study overseas.

Vitalina Chung and Sharon Biribo now have the chance to enter tertiary education in the United Kingdom.

Ms Chung said hopes to return home afterwards and contribute to our nation’s economy.

The 30-year-old hails from Korovou Village in the district of Yawe, Kadavu.

“One of my friends from the Ministry of Economy informed me about the scholarship, so last year I applied,” Ms Chung said.

“I heard getting the Chevening Scholarship was not easy and for me, that was a challenge. I am glad to be given this opportunity.”

Ms Chung said it was a chance to upgrade her skills.

“I have been given an opportunity to do my Masters in Economics Development for one year,” she said.

“I worked for the Ministry of Economy for six years and then joined the Prime Minister’s Office for one year now.

“I thank God for his provision in my life. I wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for him.

“I also want to thank my family for their support especially my husband. My husband has been understanding and supportive of me. Leaving my child and husband behind will not be easy but it is for a good cause.”

The other scholarship recipient, Ms Biribo, will be doing a Masters in Medical and Micro-biology

“A colleague of mine encouraged me to apply as she saw leadership quality in me,” Ms Biribo said.

“We tend to underestimate our potential as Pacific islanders and sometimes we just need that little encouragement to push us.”

Ms Biribo, who is a health research officer for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in the Research and Innovation Unit, said her family has been supportive.

“My family kept asking me if I have received any update in regards to the scholarship and I am happy that I have been chosen to represent Fiji,” she said.

“Getting the scholarship is an individual pursuit, but it is an achievement for the country as well. When I come back and continue working in Fiji that is a national gain.”

Acting British High Commissioner Dave Jones reminded the scholarship recipients to take the opportunity to enhance themselves and to contribute to Fiji’s society.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce



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