Aviva today announces the creation of the Aviva Scholarship programme which aims to promote British education in Asia, and assist outstanding students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to further their studies at leading UK universities. This scheme is made possible through the partnership with eleven universities in the UK.
Applications open in September 2017 alongside the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) process, and the first group of scholars is expected to matriculate in autumn 2018. The programme is open for Aviva customers in Asia and their children for the duration of all applicable undergraduate and graduate courses.
This is an exciting and innovative programme which will attract qualified Asian students to the UK whilst promoting British education, culture and trade in Asia.
Chris Wei, Executive Chairman of Aviva Asia and Global Chairman of Aviva Digital commented: "As the UK's leading insurer, Aviva is proud to have this exclusive opportunity to work with leading UK universities to support students from Asia in their pursuit of knowledge, new skills and new life experiences in our home market."
He added: "As an insurer focused on education and financial planning, Aviva Asia can now provide not just financial advice and solutions to our customers, but go one step further to offer the possibility for their children to become an Aviva scholar and receive the best British education."
Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation commented: "It is fantastic to see two world leading UK sectors – higher education and insurance – come together to create a dynamic partnership that will offer scholarships to the brightest and best students in Asia to enable them to study in the UK. This innovative, collaborative approach is another great example of my desire to continue to build bridges between the UK and the rest of the world."
Aviva will also offer summer internship opportunities to selected scholars, and consider them for Aviva's Global Graduate Programme. Further details on the scholarship programme, as well as the online application form, can be found on the dedicated website www.AvivaScholarships.com from 18 July onwards.