The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme provides the opportunity for students from overseas to visit the United Kingdom to study or to undertake training and work experience in the Financial Services Sector. The selection of scholars is in the personal gift of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and is based upon the advice of Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls General in those countries which the Lord Mayor visits each year. Ten scholars were selected in 2008, from China, Jordan, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman and Taiwan and are currently studying at British universities.
The day also included a trip to the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce where the Scholars had the opportunity to hear from John Day, chairman of the Chamber, and to meet representatives from various trade bureaus that are hosted by the Chamber and support international trade.
Lixing Zhang, a Mansion House Scholar and director in the International Affairs Division of CBRC (the China .Banking Regulatory Commission) commented on the event:
âI believe my fellow scholars would agree with me that Mr. Ruda's presentation and the following site tour were really impressive. The presentations of Mr. Day and his colleagues have also greatly broadened my knowledge of the UK business environment, in particular the desire of the UK businesses to develop partnership with Chinese and other overseas counterparts.â
Lixing is a graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University and is studying for an MPhil in Development Studies at Cambridge University.
Checkprint has worked with the Mansion House Scholars scheme since winning the Queenâs Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2005.