Rhodes scholarships opened up to students from UK and rest of world

Rhodes scholarships opened up to students from UK and rest of world

 Charles Conn, the warden of the Rhodes Trust: ‘We don’t think it’s our business to make apologies for Cecil Rhodes as a person. Our job is to support the scholarships.’ Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian The Rhodes scholarship – the oldest and most prestigious international graduate award – is to be opened to applicants from Britain and the rest of the world for the first time, the Rhodes Trust is to announce. From their foundation more than 100 years ago, funded by a massive bequest from the imperialist tycoon…

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‘Rhodes Must Fall’ activists face backlash after receiving Rhodes scholarships

‘Rhodes Must Fall’ activists face backlash after receiving Rhodes scholarships

Two South African student activists in the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campus movement now face criticisms from the public after being named as Rhodes scholars for the class of 2017. They were among nine South Africans awarded the prestigious international scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Joshua Nott and Mbalenhle Matandela, both graduates of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, had been staunch supporters of a campaign that began in 2015 to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from the UCT campus. According to activists,…

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An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An activist who campaigned against the legacy of British empire builder Cecil John Rhodes is to become a beneficiary of the Victorian mining mogul’s bequest after being made a Rhodes Scholar. South African Joshua Nott, 23, was prominent in a successful 2015 campaign to remove a statue of Rhodes from the University of Cape Town, the BBC reports, arguing that Rhodes was a symbol of colonialism and a racist. During the campaign, Nott compared the presence of Rhodes’ statue at the University of Cape Town to displaying “a swastika in…

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Riding high on Rhodes scholarship

Riding high on Rhodes scholarship

Gauri Pillai and Mary Kavita Dominic talk about how it feels to have won the scholarship, and the opportunities that await them. Rhodes scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. It offers fully-funded postgraduate study in the University of Oxford. Every year, five students are selected from India. Of the five outstanding students selected recently for the next academic year, three are law students. The Hindu Education Plus caught up with two of them — Gauri Pillai of National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, and…

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