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The School of Economics and Law recently announced a Scholarship Fund in partnership with longstanding friends Forum for International Relations Development (FIRD) covering tuition fees to five Pakistani and five Afghan students for undergraduate and postgraduate British qualifications to be studied in London at the Track-II/1.5 Beyond Boundaries dialogue, organised by the Islamabad based Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and its Afghan counterpart, Organisation for Economic Studies and Peace (OESP).

The announcement was made jointly by CEO Toaha Qureshi MBE and CRSS Executive Director, Mr. Imtiaz Gul, also an advisory board member for SOEL. The CRSS and OESP will recommend and lead the process of referring high achieving and needy students, while the final selection will be approved by SOEL. All students must meet the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration in order to study as Tier 4 International Students. The process is due to begin in February 2018 with admissions taking place as early May 2018.

The Scholarship Fund will be an extension of the Change Maker Scholarship Fund previously offered to over 15 different countries, including Cameroon, Philippines and Nepal. The need for education is ever more important to build cross border ties given the rising tensions resulting from political disagreements.

Mr. Qureshi said: "Education is the foundation to any peace process and the future of our countries relies on well educated youth that have the international exposure to combat the issues of today and tomorrow. It is my belief that with these scholarships, the students can shape the future and change the current narrative of their respective countries. The youth are our future leaders, it is imperative that we invest in them now, before it is too late. To that end, FIRD and SOEL are ready to offer 10 scholarships through partial tuition fees waivers to assist in creating a new road map for South Asia."