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SOAS student and Chevening scholar provides closing address to class

14 August 2013

SOAS LLM Law student and Chevening scholar, Ruth Garnet Maran, gave the valedictory address at the closing ceremony for the 2012/13 Chevening Class.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations.

The prestigious scholarship programme makes awards to talented and outstanding high-calibre scholars with leadership potential from around the world across a wide range of fields including politics, law, business, the media, civil society and engineering to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK.

Malaysian-born Maran, who was working in corporate commercial law with an emphasis on public and administrative law before returning to higher education, applied for the scholarship after feeling she needed a change, wanted to expand her knowledge and skills and gain new insights.

She was selected as one of the seven Regional Chevening Ambassadors for 2012/2013 among more than 700 scholars and is Regional Ambassador for London and South East England. Selected and tasked with providing the first ever scholar final address, Maran said: “I wanted to speak candidly about my Chevening experience, in a way that would resonate with other scholars.”

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Ruth Garnet Maran's valedictory address at the closing ceremony for the 2012/13 Chevening Class

Describing her experience as “enriching” and “Being part of the colossal Chevening network has been amazing,” the LLM in International Law student spoke fondly of SOAS: “I chose to attend SOAS, University of London because it appeared at the outset to subscribe to the modern human rights movement that human beings are moral and political animals, endowed with a moral faculty or sense of justice and that the science of human nature has profound implications on the theory and practice of universal human rights. That is exactly what I have found at SOAS. The accelerated learning curve in and out of the classroom has been steep, and the diverse student community and vibe of the university were bonuses.

“I have found interested, intellectually engaged and driven change agents and active learners in my classmates at SOAS who work hard (and play even harder), and made many lifelong friends. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and am savouring the final lap.”

The Chevening Scholarships provide 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.

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