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BTCO offering scholarships in financial field

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) in Taipei invited applications yesterday for the Mansion House Scholarship, which is open to Taiwanese students and young business executives in the financial services sector, a BTCO press release said.

The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme targets overseas students wishing to take masters-level degree courses at British universities, as well as young business executives or officials wishing to undertake training or work experience in the financial services sector or related business activities.

Applications for the scholarship will close on Aug. 15 and applicants may be required to attend an interview at the BTCO, the press release said.

Application forms are available at www.btco.org.tw, while details of the scheme can be found at www.mansionhousescholars.org.uk.

“The scheme provides an excellent opportunity to gain a better insight into British business life and underlying cultural perceptions,” the press release added.

The scheme was established by Lord Mayor of London Sir Richard Nichols in 1997 to help build links between London — the world’s leading financial center — and other financial centers, as he was struck during his overseas visits by the high regard in which London is held by foreign business communities and by the number of students who wish to study in the UK, the press release said.

Since then, it has awarded 66 scholarships to recipients from 37 countries, including one from Taiwan. The scheme is funded primarily through donations by business and trade groups in the City of London and awards vary in size from £5,000 (US$9,822) to £7,500.

Mansion House Scholarships are offered in countries the Lord Mayor visits. Incumbent Lord Mayor of the City of London David Lewis is scheduled to visit Taiwan this October and will award the scholarship to the successful applicant in person. The selection of the successful applicant will be made by the lord mayor’s office on the advice of the BTCO.

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