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The finalists for a new prestigious award celebrating outstanding achievements of the UK’s international alumni have been announced, ahead of three awards ceremonies taking place over the next month in China, India, and the USA.
Fourteen Indian, nine Chinese and ten American alumni have been selected out of hundreds of candidates put forward by their host British universities. The new Education UK Alumni awards, created by the British Council, are intended to recognise outstanding success in Entrepreneurism, Professional Achievement, and Social Impact by people who have graduated from UK higher education institutions within the last ten years.
A total 21 British Universities have their alumni represented in the nominations categories, after applications were reviewed by panels of higher education experts in China, India and the USA.
Jacqueline Jenkins, Head of Higher Education Engagement at the British Council said “The Alumni Awards allow UK higher education institutions to demonstrate and celebrate outstanding success of recent alumni on a global platform.
"There is a lot of focus on the great contribution that international students give to the UK, but we wanted to highlight what students take away with them when they return home, and how their time in the UK has provided a lasting experience. We had hundreds of nominations and it was very difficult to filter it down to these final 33. These alumni are an outstanding credit to their universities and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of ambitious international students”.
Dr Gretchen Dobson, a leading global alumni relations consultant and Chair of the US judging panel said: "Alumni relations is about relationships. The applicants who stood out among the pack were the alumni who clearly demonstrated how their UK education prepared them for competitive and demanding careers."
UK Higher Education Institutions with 2015 Alumni Awards finalists:
London Business School
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Queen Mary University of London
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of East Anglia
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Stirling
University of Sussex
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