UWTSD welcomes international students from the Global Wales Postgraduate and Chevening Scholarships programmes


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to welcome international students to its campuses from the Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship and The Chevening Scholarships programmes.

UWTSD welcomes international students from the Global Wales Postgraduate and Chevening Scholarships programmes.

Ivory Rachael Houk and Dr Ashwath Pazhani are part of the Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship programme which offers scholarships worth up to £10,000 - to study a full-time master’s programme in Wales. The scholarships are available to students from Vietnam, India, the USA, and countries of the European Union. This prestigious scheme is the first scholarship of its kind Wales and is funded by the Global Wales Programme – a partnership between the Welsh Government, Universities Wales, The British Council and HEFCW.

Mohammed Abdullah Bin Shorab, is part of The Chevening scholarship programme, which pro­vides the opportunity for schol­ars to pursue their Masters pro­grammes in the UK for a year. Successful Chevening candidates come from a diverse range of coun­tries and backgrounds, but they all demonstrate the passion, vision and skills aimed at developing global leaders to shape a better world.

Funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of awards – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world.

Ivory Rachael Houk is from the United States and is studying for a PGCE (Primary) with QTS. She said: “I am originally from Boise, Idaho but have spent my childhood moving around the Mid-West United States. I have spent most of my life in Tucson, Arizona and this has significantly affected my chosen career. I originally pursued a degree in Sustainable Built Environments, and during this time I realised that I had a passion for not only changing our impact on the planet but for changing the world’s impact on how children are raised and how they learn.

“Spending the past 4 years in primary education has made me increasingly aware of how much these years affect children for the rest of their lives, it is so important that we make these the best they can be and target our teaching styles to the needs of the children around us. This is why I am so excited to be studying with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as I have been provided an opportunity to learn inside the classroom from teachers who have years of practice. I am excited to begin planning for lessons of my own that will be taught in the coming weeks, and I am even more excited to see the impact that my teaching can have on the creativity and the ambition of young learners.”

Dr Ashwath Pazhani is studying for a Professional Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training). He said: “I am a passionate teacher and researcher in the field of engineering. The primary goal of my career is to educate and create successful engineers and good human beings to the society, inspiring lives through education and teaching.”

Mohammed Abdullah Bin Shorab was born in Labasa, Fiji and grew up with a fascina­tion for geography and computers. It’s this interest that mapped his career in Geographic Information System (GIS).

A geography graduate, Moham­med joined the Ministry of For­estry in 2019 as Forestry Officer – Resource Monitoring (GIS) within the Forest Resource Assessment and Conversation (FRAC) unit. The FRAC Unit is responsible for the management of forest information systems and databank, manage­ment of natural forests through permanent sample plots, mapping and surveys of forest boundaries and the facilitation of forests inter­national and regional conventions and agreements.

Since joining the Ministry, Mo­hammed has introduced advanced technology that has enabled the Ministry to develop live 2D and 3D web maps and an online planted ar­eas dashboard which allows staff to keep track of the number of trees planted and locations.

The web maps are integrated into web applications that contain all of the Ministry’s first-hand mapping information which enables senior management to make timely deci­sions on forest operations.

Another innovation that is popu­lar with Forestry worldwide is drones. As Drones are able to moni­tor tree populations, landscapes, and access hard to reach areas, the Ministry of Forestry has also invested in this technology with Mohammed adding Chief Remote Pilot to his list of responsibilities.

Mohammed is always looking for opportunities to realise his dreams and has now for­mally started his on-line studies as a recipient of the Chevening Schol­arship funded by the Government of the United Kingdom, before travelling to the UK to start a Master of Science majoring in Environ­mental Conservation and Manage­ment at UWTSD.

He said: “My studies will be mostly around Environmental Manage­ment and Environmental Conser­vation.  I will bring back new and ad­vanced knowledge which will help us conserve and manage Fiji’s natural resources in a sustainable manner. This will help Fiji to meet global targets in tackling the im­pacts of the climate change. My dis­sertation will allow me to research on the latest technological innova­tions which Fiji can adopt to help address climate change.

Applications are now open for the Global Wales PG Scholarship | University of Wales Trinity Saint David (uwtsd.ac.uk).

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

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Corporate Communications and PR

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