Dharamshala: - The London Metropolitan University, which has awarded scholarships to 16 Tibetan students, since 1998, has been recognised for its commitment in educating and supporting the Tibetan community.
A function was organised to recognise the contributions of the University on May, 07, 2013 and was attended by the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, the Vice Chancellor and Director of the International Office of the London Metropolitan University, former Tibetan students of the University, among others.
Mr Thubten Samdup, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe thanked the Vice Chancellor and the University on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) for "providing such wonderful opportunities to Tibetan students and for changing their lives".
He also spoke about the grave situation in Tibet and "the importance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message of peace and non violence".
Mr Mark Bickerton, the Director of the International Office of the University spoke of the "importance of education in changing people's lives" and emphasised the university's commitment to "education and diversity".
Professor Malcolm Gillies, the Vice Chancellor of the University thanked the representative and other dignitaries for their attendance and said that the University's commitment to students from diverse backgrounds would in turn "make a difference to their communities or societies".
Prof. Gillies also mentioned the importance of the newly formed London Met Tibetan scholar's alumni group reaching out to Chinese students to" promote understanding and good faith".
Some of the former students have gone on to study at the University of Cambridge, worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), among other things.