September 12, 2016, by International students

New Commonwealth Scholars preparing for Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a popular destination for Commonwealth Scholarships and we’re looking forward to welcoming new Commonwealth Scholars starting masters or PhD courses at Nottingham in the next few weeks. In this blog post two of the new Commonwealth Scholars discuss their backgrounds, studies and scholarships.

Zain Hassan from Pakistan

Zain Hassan

Zain Hassan

I am Zain Hassan from Pakistan and an electrical engineer by profession. I am all set to start my PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Nottingham. Previously, I have attained my Master’s degree in Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering from University of Leeds. During my PhD, I will be investigating novel control philosophies for efficient operation of high-power modular multilevel converters. Research in this field has been my passion and since Nottingham’s Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) research group is one of the best in the UK, it was a dream to carry out my research here which is finally going to materialize through a Commonwealth Scholarship.

I strongly believe that this prestigious scholarship that I have been awarded will change the course of my life altogether and enable me to dedicate all my intellectual abilities toward a breakthrough research in high-power converters which will help in revolutionizing the way electrical power is conditioned and delivered. This research has profound applications in power transmission from offshore wind sources and will pave the way for large-scale deployment of offshore wind hence increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix and ensuring a greener planet earth.

I am a proud Commonwealth scholar and a proud researcher-to-be at the world-renowned University of Nottingham. I am brimming with excitement to start my studies at Nottingham and to meet the fellow scholars and to share brilliant ideas with the finest minds in the Commonwealth.

Lydia Dinwangi Ngembane from Cameroon

Lydia Dinwangi Ngembane

Lydia Dinwangi Ngembane

I am Miss Lydia Dinwangi Ngembane, a Commonwealth Scholar from Cameroon, who has an unconditional offer to study MSc Advanced Nursing. I am grateful to the CSC, the UoN for their offer, and above all to God.

From childhood, I always wanted to be part of the health care system in Cameroon and even the world at large. After high school, I even had a broader vision: creating a primary healthcare facility in my local community (which does not have a good health facility). While in the university, I desired to be a facilitator for student nurses at clinical sites after my Masters degree.

Trusting God all the way, my Bachelor degree program was a great success; however, I did not continue with my Master program due to financial challenges. My dream of advancing in nursing and building my career was limited to my clinical practice as a nurse.

Surfing the internet (Google), I came across the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website, which guided me throughout my application for a scholarship. Now, I can upgrade my knowledge, develop advanced practical and leadership skills to accomplish my vision.

The CSC is restoring hope, helping people live their dreams, developing nations, and above all changing lives.

Thanks to the CSC and thanks to God, my dream of having a Masters degree in Nursing is now a reality!

Applications for Commonwealth Scholarships in 2017/18 are open until 15 November 2016.
Find out about studying at The University of Nottingham with a Commonwealth Scholarship.

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