The University of Birmingham joins eleven leading universities in the UK to partner with Aviva on a new international scholarship programme to promote British education in Asia. New funds have been made available to assist outstanding students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to further their studies at leading UK universities.

Up to £40,000 per year will be available for students depending on their degree programme, making a substantial contribution towards fees and living costs.

Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International, who attended the Aviva Scholarship launch in London on 11 July said:

“The University of Birmingham is tremendously proud to be a partner in such an innovative and collaborative initiative. As a global top 100 university with significant and long-standing engagement in East and South-east Asia, this scholarship scheme represents an even greater commitment to support students in the region. This scheme brings together two world-leading British sectors - education and financial services - to benefit the most promising students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam who are seeking to study in the UK.”

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 and strengthen ties between the UK and South East Asia.”

He added, “As someone who came to the UK to study and now works for Aviva, I’m really pleased that we’re able to offer students from Asia the opportunity to pursue new knowledge, skills and life experiences.”

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.”

Applications open in September 2017 and the first group of scholars are expected to matriculate in autumn 2018. The programme is open for Aviva customers in Asia and their children for the duration of all applicable graduate courses at Birmingham.

Further details on the scholarship programme, as well as the online application form, can be found on the dedicated website.

For more information, please contact the University of Birmingham press office.