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British scholarships for talented Zimbabweans

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NATIONAL Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe heritage manager in Bulawayo, Tendai Zihove, is among the three talented Zimbabweans awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

MTHANDAZO NYONI
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Chevening Scholarships are a British government global scholarship programme awarded to talented professionals who are potential future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

The programme provides full or part funding for full-time courses at postgraduate level, normally a one-year master’s degree in any subject and at any UK university.

Zihove was awarded the scholarship to pursue a Masters’ in World Heritage Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Zihove was born and bred in Mashava, Masvingo province under Chief Charumbira.

She did primary education at Mashaba Primary School from 1992 to 1998 and proceeded to St Antony High School for secondary education.

Zihove then enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology and History from 2005 to 2008.

She then joined the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe as heritage manger in 2009, a position she currently holds.

From 2011 to 2012, she enrolled with the Great Zimbabwe University for a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology.

Zihove said her aim was to develop herself as a researcher in conservation and management of world heritage sites which she said were facing stiff competition in terms of resource allocation and other sectors such as health, education and social services.

“I feel very excited and grateful to be awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. I hope to meet people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds,” she said.

“This exposure would be very important for interaction and integration of diverse ideas pertaining global issues for cultural heritage.”

The Chevening programme was established in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international scheme.

Chevening scholars come from more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, excluding the United States and the European Union, and the scholarships will support more than 1 500 individuals this year.

There are over 43 000 Chevening alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.

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