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Organization of American States partnership offers PhD scholarships

24 Feb 2015

Manchester is the first UK university to partner with the Organization of American States to offer scholarships to students from the Americas to study for a PhD in Manchester

The programme will focus initially on Central America and the Caribbean.

Dating back to 1889, the Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organisation bringing together all 35 independent nations of the Americas and constitutes the main political, judicial and social governmental forums on the continent.

Working in partnership with the organisation’s Executive Secretariat for Integral Development which oversees the departments of Human Development and Education, Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Development, The University of Manchester will promote opportunities for students to study in Manchester and the UK. In the first instance, the programme will focus on students from the Caribbean and economically disadvantaged Central American countries.

The partnership agreement was signed by Professor Colin Bailey, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Sherry Tross, the Executive Secretary for Integral Development at the Organization of American States, in a ceremony at the organisation’s headquarters in Washington DC. The agreement has resulted from the building of an increasingly close relationship between the two organisations with the proposed programme supporting long-term educational and business relationships between the UK and the American states.

Professor Bailey said: “We are very pleased to sign this landmark agreement between the Organization of American States and the University, which marks the first ever partnership agreement involving a UK University. The partnership has developed over the last couple of years, led by Professor Teresa Alonso-Rasgado at the University. We look forward to working with our colleagues throughout the American states to promote the opportunities of a world-leading education to future generations and developing long-term relationships between our countries.”