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Commonwealth Scholarships for UK universities

November 22, 2016 Leave a comment

 Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) in partnership with UK universities offers Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries. Shared Scholarships are usually tenable for one-year Master’s courses only.

The purpose of the scholarship is to contribute to development needs of Commonwealth countries by providing training for skilled and qualified professionals and academics who would not otherwise have been able to study in the UK.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 30,000 individuals have benefited – 25,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).

If applicants require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, they may be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time.
Course Level: 

Scholarships are available for pursuing master’s degree program at UK Institutions.
Study Subject: 

Scholarships are awarded to study subjects related to the development of their home country at participating UK universities only.
Scholarship Award: 

Shared Scholarships are jointly funded by the CSC and participating UK universities. Each Scholarship provides:
Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (arranged by the university; funded by the CSC)

Approved tuition and examination fees (funded by the CSC)

Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,043 per month, or £1,279 per month for those studying at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels) (paid and funded by the university)

Warm clothing allowance (paid and funded by the university)

Study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)

Excess baggage allowance, up to an annual approved limit, when returning home (claimed from and paid by the university; funded by the CSC)
Scholarship can be taken in the UK
Eligibility: 

To apply for these scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2017
  • By August 2017, hold a first degree of either first or upper second class (2:1) classification, or lower second class (2:2) classification plus a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
  • Not have studied or worked for one (academic) year or more in a developed country
  • Be unable, either yourself or through your family, to pay to study in the UK

The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Nationality: 

Students of developing Commonwealth countries can apply for these Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.
List of Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Virgin Islands (British), Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Seychelles, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirements: In order to be eligible applicants must hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard.
English language Requirements: If applicants require a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study, they may be required to take an approved English language test and/or be screened for tuberculosis for your visa application. These regulations are subject to change at any time.
How to Apply: Applicants should apply to study an eligible Master’s course at a UK university that is participating in the Shared Scholarship scheme. Click here for a list of participating universities and eligible courses
Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Click here for full information on how to use the EAS, including detailed guides. The EAS will open for Shared Scholarship applications on 17 November 2016.
Before applying, applicants must check with your UK university for their specific advice, admission requirements, and rules for applying. Some universities may require you to complete their own admissions application form as well, which may have a separate closing date. They must take the necessary steps to secure admission to your chosen course(s) at your preferred university/universities at the same time as applying for a Shared Scholarship.
Applicants can apply for more than one course and/or to more than one university, but you may only accept one offer of a Shared Scholarship. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to your UK university or applications directly from individuals.
Online Application
List of participating universities and eligible courses
Application Deadline: 

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on March 29, 2017 at the latest. Each university has its own closing date for applications, and most are before 29 March 2017.
Scholarship Link

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Top 10 Hospitals for Medical Tourism

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

A medical traveler should be aware that safety and quality in any hospital – no matter how good it is, and what country it’s in – is not guaranteed. We strongly urge all medical travelers to seriously consider using the services of an experienced, professional medical travel company that offers a full range of care management services on the ground. Any medical travel company, doctor, clinic or hospital that is Medical Travel Certified by MTQUA supports total care management for medical tourists.

Read the press release.
Nominate a hospital as a World’s Best Hospital for Medical Tourists™.
Criteria for selection.

1. Prince Court Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Prince Court Medical Center provides excellent surgery options for medical travelers. Special services include a sophisticated burn unit, an In Vitro Fertility department with multiple fetal monitoring. A senior manager coordinates all international patient and medical tourist services and procedures, assuring medical tourists that coordination of care that meets the needs of the medical traveler is a priority. Read more about what makes Prince Court Medical Center great.

2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany

Asklepios Klinik Barmbeck hired a new medical tourism manager to improve and support organizational response for medical tourists. It has increased its efforts to meet the needs of medical travelers in their home countries. Newly revised and updated medical tourism handbooks in Arabic and Russian as well as English provide extensive information about the hospital’s services. This hospital is of particular value for medical tourists who need treatment beyond the scope of their top facilities at home. It partners with innovative medical technology companies from Germany to test the most modern medical equipment before it is released worldwide. Asklepios Group is the largest private hospital operator in Europe.

3. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Clemenceau has ties with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and stands out as perhaps the leading hospital in the Middle East. This past year, CMC adopted “Six International Patient Safety Goals”, increased the use of encryption protected passwords to access patient electronic records, and introduced multidisciplinary rounds to better coordinate medical treatment for patients. It conducts an ongoing review of international patient trouble spots such as billings and ethical dilemmas in care.

4. Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India

This Fortis Hospital, formerly Wockhardt Hospital, provides excellent surgery options for medical travelers seeking orthopedic procedures including hip resurfacing and replacement. It works closely with some US-based medical travel agents for follow up care and services of American patients once they return home.

5. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea

This unique hospital is a world leader in medical treatment of the spine. Wooridul’s influence and prestige has spread worldwide through its doctors and its joint ventures with hospitals in Asia and Europe. It is the only specialized hospital on this Top 10 list.

6. Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand

The most well-known hospital for medical tourists, Bumrungrad has been taking foreign patients for 20 years. It has invested heavily in integration of medical records, pharmacy, labs and other hospital departments into a state-of-the-art electronic environment. Its focus on technology and its American style of management carry over to the Bumrungrad website, which is a model for other international hospitals. The hospital operates a network of exclusive representatives.

7. Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is home to several excellent hospitals. Anadolu offers a very high standard of treatment and care, and seems to understand the needs of the medical traveler. It has an international focus, with multilingual doctors and nurses, and a keen awareness of the services and support systems a medical traveler should have.

8. Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand

The flagship of the largest private hospital chain in Thailand, Bangkok Hospital Medical Center meets several of the MTQUA criteria that make it one of the World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists™. Individual hospitals of the medical center in Bangkok include the distinguished Bangkok Heart Hospital, Bangkok International Hospital, and Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital.

The hospital lists qualified medical travel companies on its website and operates a network of representatives.

9. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore

The Parkway Hospital Group may well be the standard bearer for private hospital care in Singapore, and Gleneagles Hospital is its flagship. The Parkway group owns and operates hospitals throughout Asia.

10. Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India

It is one of the few centers in the world doing nearly 100% bypass surgeries on a beating heart and with
a very significant percentage using total arterial grafting. The hospital boasts the lowest surgical
mortality rates in the world with 0.26% in isolated bypass surgeries & an overall mortality of 0.8%. Some of
the most challenging and rare cases are performed regularly at AHI.

Special mention goes to these excellent hospitals for medical tourists that ranked very highly in our considerations for the Top 10 list for 2013.

Malaysia: Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur

Mexico: Christus Muguerza Super Specialty Hospital, Monterrey

South Africa: Mediclinic Morningside, Johannesburg

Spain: Barcelona Medical Centre, Barcelona

Source: Medical Travel Quality Assurance

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