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The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship at SOAS is Now Open

Prospect Burma is delighted to announce the Hla-Pe Scholarship at SOAS, is now open.


The scholarship commemorates the legacy of Professor Hla Pe (1913-2007), Emeritus Professor of Burmese in the University of London, who came to London as a State Scholar in 1938. On completion of his Diploma in Teaching, Prof. Hla Pe joined SOAS where he taught a succession of devoted students, and published many articles and books on Burmese language, literature and culture. Prof. Hla Pe retired from SOAS in 1980 and returned to Burma with his wife, Daw Than Mya, to live in Mawlamyine. It was the wish of Prof. Hla Pe to establish a lasting educational legacy between Burma and SOAS.

This scholarship embodies the values of both Prof. Hla Pe and Prospect Burma, which seeks to invest in a positive future for Burma through its young people. Prospect Burma’s scholarship programme opens doors to educational opportunities currently unavailable and underfunded within Burma. Scholars are expected to return home to apply their skills and participate in the development and nation building of Burma.

The successful applicant will receive funding of £16,000 to offset the tuition fees on a Masters degree at SOAS. In addition, scholars will receive free student accommodation at ISH in an extremely welcoming environment for overseas students, situated near the heart of London and within walking distance of the main SOAS campus in Russell Square. One Professor Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship will be available for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years

If you would like to apply, please find more information at the SOAS website here: http://www.soas.ac.uk/registry/scholarships/the-prospect-burma---hla-pe-memorial-scholarship.html


Monks_at_Shwedagon_PagodaEducation has always been one of my chief concerns as it is, together with health care, the most important need for the future of Burma. Without an educated and qualified population efforts to build a stable, developed society would be obstructed by insurmountable difficulties.

Prospect_Burma_StudentsProspect Burma is a non-political charity which does its best to fill the gap. It funds scholarships for young Burmese, most of whom have been forced to look for their education abroad.

I am very proud to learn that Prospect Burma has grown so much since its foundation. Unfortunately an enormous amount still remains to be done to help young people in Burma acquire education of a standard that would enable them to take their country forward in this global age.

I therefore appeal to our friends and supporters all over the world to help Burma towards a sound future by giving generously to Prospect Burma. Every penny givien can make a difference to the prospects of our young people and hence of our country.
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