First Nepali From NYUAD To Be Awarded Ertegun Scholarship


A Nepali student at New York University Abu Dhabi is heading to an exclusive UK university after receiving the Ertegun Scholarship.

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Class of 2020 student, Chiran Raj Pandey has become the first ever student at NYUAD and the first Nepali student to be awarded the prestigious Ertegun Scholarship for studying the humanities at the University of Oxford in the UK.

Chiran is expected to head to the UK in autumn 2020 to pursue a Master of Studies in World Literatures in English, NYUAD said in a statement to the UAE National News Agency.

Ertegun Scholarships are offered with the specific aim of realising the potential of students to become leaders in their chosen field in the humanities. The scholarships are highly competitive, with just 15 awards made each year from over 1,500 applicants.

Chiran, a fourth year student majoring in Literature and Creative Writing, grew up and attended high school in Kathmandu, Nepal, before being drawn to NYUAD by the promise of studying within a global community and the interdisciplinary nature of the literature and creative writing programme.

“The culture of learning that my professors and peers at NYUAD have created for me has significantly influenced my future ambitions,” said Chiran.

“My dream is to be able to share my passion for the humanities with young students and ultimately, I would like to work in education policy in Nepal.

Having been fortunate to qualify for a fully-funded education at NYUAD and now at the University of Oxford as an Ertegun Scholar, I have a unique opportunity to dedicate myself to making education accessible to many,” he added.

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