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Chevening scholarships for 27 Argentines: farewell party at the embassy

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 09:51 UTC
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The British embassy in Buenos Aires offered a farewell reception for 27 Argentines who will be studying in UK universities under the Chevening Scholarships program. Ambassador Dr. John Freeman pointed out at the occasion that the scholarship was “not all about studying, but also about taking the opportunity to travel and meet new people”. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    “Chevening scholarships have been available in Argentina since 1990, and there are governors, provincial ministers, national representatives, journalists, CEOs and NGO directors among its more than 400 alumni.”

    Given the relationship with Britain, the tyre burning outside the Embassy and all the claptrap from TMBOA it is clearly money thrown down the drain.

    Why bother if this has been the outcome so far, spend the money on the scheme in Uruguay.

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @1 ChrisR

    A bit over the top, don't you think? Especially as even you have admitted there are some very nice Argentines.

    You should also bear in mind that these people have applied for these scholarships so surely there is some merit in that they want to go to a UK university.

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 03:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Self-Determination

    @2 He has a point, I highly doubt a handful of university places is going to make a blind bit of difference to the argentine view of the FALKLANDS or The UK as a whole, nothing short of annexing The Falklands will achieve that.
    reaching out to argentina achieves nothing and as a british citizen I would have prefered those privileged places to have gone to another far deserving place i dunno call me old fashioned but maybe a citizen from a friendly country?.
    yes there maybe a few good argentines stuck in an asylum called argentina but that does not warrant a free university place thats just called tough luck,

    do Argentines deserve a right of a university place than a UK citizen?
    How far has reaching out to argentina got us?
    Will those luckily enough to have a place pay back the tutoring fee?
    or will UK tax payer fund the argentines bill?

    knocks you sick......

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Watch out for that Francisco Tazelaar, fancy studying maritime law with us pirates?

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 04:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    The Argentines I have met that attended universities in the UK are the ones that really understand the manipulation by their government and despise it. They have a better perspective. If anything we should expand the scheme and encourage as many Argentines as can afford it to attend universities outside of Argentina. For a start they will get a degree that is recognised outside of their country.

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 2 gordo1

    I only wish my comment was over the top, but 400 in 40M in 25 years is not going to cut it, is it?

    You must have noticed that apart from my neighbours who (at the moment) still live in TDC and people like Simon68 (who we have not heard of for a while and I hope he and his family are OK) the rest of the Argentines I know have moved to Uruguay. I am sure there are many others who have managed to escape the disaster that is TDC.

    My neighbour is having the inside of his house remodelled and refurbished as I write and I hope he is going to move here also, just as I suggested given his other businesses are failing and his grown up children are undecided whether to move to America. The only business left that is making money can be run from Uruguay if he wishes.

    400 UK graduates in Uruguay (pop. 3.3M) would make a significant difference even with The Broad Fraud still ensconced in power for the foreseeable future.

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Guess we could always hold them hostage if things turn really nasty again.

    Sep 07th, 2015 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    A good example of British 'soft power'.
    Remember that those accepted are considered potential, future 'leaders' in their fields.
    ElaineB makes a good point.

    Change must come from the top in certain conditions. The UK can change Argentina from the inside, slowly and subtly.
    It's called the Long-Game, I think you'll find.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 12:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    Wow! A scholarship for Political Economy of Late Development.
    Says it all methinks.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1

    @5 ElaineB & @8 ilsen

    Absolutely agree! I was at a lunch last Saturday here in the UK with a group that included 3 Argentines, who live here, and the Falklands/Malvinas “matter” briefly came up in the conversations - all 3 were unreservedly pro islanders.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 05:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    #8 exactly cheap low profile programme with the intention of improving argentina.
    Argentina lives up to its potential its a win for the world and a rich self confident Argentina is no threat to the falkland's.
    if that happens they may naturally get a better relationship with the islands and wont care about annexing them.
    unfortunatly that supersonic pig is more likely but we do what we can.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 09:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SebaSvtz

    Fantastic !

    Congratulations and best wishes to all of them.

    Sep 08th, 2015 - 11:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ezekielman

    Good luck to all of them, but I do wonder how many will choose to return to Argentina. There seem to be more and more Argentines choosing to live in the United Kingdom, rather than stay in their own country. The United States and Australia are also attracting many Argentines who have decided there is no future for them in a country that has joined the Third World under Corruptina Kirchner's disastrous regime.

    Sep 09th, 2015 - 04:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Filmus offers (well, not directly of course) 10 University places to Falkland Islanders-so far, zero takers.

    The UK funds 27 places to UK universities-no Argentine boycott of these places.

    Filmus can't figure why.

    Sep 10th, 2015 - 06:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Filmus can't figure his arse from his elbow.
    He can't even Lie straight

    Sep 11th, 2015 - 02:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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