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London Met Honours Sri Lankan With A Scholarship

Aug 27, 2011 2:37:27 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Mark Bickerton, Director, International Students’ Affairs, London Metropolitan University, presenting the scholarship certificate to Kalindu Perera. Looking on are Tony Reilly, British Council Country Director (extreme left) and V. Sabarinath of the International Affairs Division of London Met. (exteme right)

The  London Metropolitan University has awarded a full scholarship to 19-year-old Kalindu Perera to follow an undergraduate course in Pharmacology. He is the first-ever Sri Lankan to have received an undergraduate scholarship from this British University.
Known as London Met, the university offers a range of scholarships to help students who excel at their academics and need financial support to continue their higher studies. Each year, over 1,500 applications are considered for eligibility. Even though about 40 scholarships are awarded at postgraduate level, only three full scholarships are available for undergraduates, thus making it a very competivie scholarship globally. It covers the cost of the entire course of study, including tuition and accommodation.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the prospective student must hold an excellent academic track record, be involved in extra-curricular activities, and should be from a country listed in London Met’s priority country list.
Kalindu applied for the scholarship through the British Council. Having a long standing relationship with London Met, the British Council supported him through the application process and advised him on how to face the scholarship interview.
Kalindu graduated from Gateway College, Colombo and spent a gap year as an intern in a pharmaceutical company. His passion for studying organic chemistry led him to pursue his higher studies in the pharmaceutical industry.
Kalindu said his expectation is to become involved in HIV/AIDS research and to make a difference to the betterment of the world. Rather than just following popular trends in education, he has identified what his strengths are and how he plans to develop and use them to help others.