Aviva Scholarship to assist students from Asia

The University of Dundee is one of eleven leading universities in the UK to partner with Aviva in a new international 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.

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.

Shane Collins, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Dundee, said, “We are already growing our international recruitment of students significantly and are looking at record numbers coming to Dundee in the next academic year, attracted here by one of the best student experiences on offer in the UK and world class teaching, as evidenced by our Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

“This partnership with Aviva will extend our reach even further in to Asia, where we are already a popular destination.”

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.”

Further details on the scholarship programme, as well as the online application form, can be found on the dedicated website www.AvivaScholarships.com from 18th July onwards.

The universities taking part in the programme alongside Dundee are:

  • the University of Birmingham
  • the University of Bristol
  • City, University of London
  • Durham University
  • the University of Kent
  • the University of Leicester
  • the University of Liverpool
  • Northumbria University
  • the University of Stirling
  • York St John University

Notes to editors:

Aviva provides life insurance, general insurance, health insurance and asset management to 33 million customers, across 16 markets worldwide. For an introduction to Aviva see:


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