Chosen from a wide sector of the British Chevening Scholars sent to the UK for study and who are now leaders in their fields and after going through rigorous and extensive vetting by the British Embassy, other Ambassadors include a commissioner of CHR, COO of KPMG, Head of Media Group of MVP Group of Companies, US AID Public Investment Director, Managing Editor of Forbes Philippines among others.
RS Don was a Chevening fellow on Public Sector Reform in Bradford University, United Kingdom in 2006 and was among the few sent to the UK for the chevening scholarship per country. Every year UK sends scholars from 116 countries to the UK for study.
British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said during the launching of the UK Education Ambassadors that the UK will be sending around 30 to 35 scholars to the United Kingdom next year from the usual scholars of just around 8 in the years prior with the partnership of the private sector that had come on board to support scholarship grants to the UK.
The UK has a thousand years of unbroken governance and hence has not only such wealth of history but of wealth of knowledge in its education sector, public service sector and society as a whole. In the UK, every nook and cranny tells the story of the thousand years of civilisation.
UK Education Ambassador Lala Rimando , Managing Editor of Forbes Philippines wrote:
“These education champions were chosen for demonstrating excellence in their respective fields, which encompass both government and the private sector,” the UK Embassy in Manila said in a statement. “These accomplished individuals will help promote education links between the UK and the Philippines this year, including educational opportunities in the UK such as the prestigious Chevening Programme.”
The 2016 UK Education Ambassadors are (L-R):
Noel Bonoan (Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.)
Lala Rimando (Managing Editor, Forbes Philippines)
Kane Choa (Head of Integrated Corporate Communications, ABS-CBN Corporation)
Elcid C Pangilinan and Michael Toledo, two other achievers who have already been serving as UK Education Ambassadors since 2015.
Don Arbison Loong (Regional Secretary, Department of Public Works and Highways, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao)
Karen Gomez Dumpit (Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines)
Nicole Curato (Research fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance, University of Canberra)
Joyce Tan (Legal and Policy Specialist on Disasters and Climate Change, Ateneo Institute of Sustainability and Ateneo School of Government)