By I. Wilson
Trade courses are frequently thought of to create goodwill for host nations between overseas electorate - but is that this the case? Drawing on a wealth of study with individuals and alumni of alternate courses, Iain Wilson indicates that the pursuit of goodwill gets little go back and distracts those courses from the advantages they can carry.
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As ambassador at the time he enjoyed significant personal authority, so there was little opposition within the embassy (Entente Cordiale Interview One). More importantly, he was able to raise funds through his personal contacts, reputation, and influential friends. His voluntary input continued as a trustee until 2008, and he was responsible for raising a huge slice of the scheme’s income in the form of voluntary donations by corporations and philanthropists. Private fundraising was considered due to the difficulties of obtaining, and more importantly sustaining, government funding for postgraduates.
As his approach is very similar to my exploration of the histories of the Marshall, Chevening, and Entente Cordiale schemes, and goes into much more depth, I am comfortable relying heavily on Perraton’s work with only a little extra research. Reassuringly, his findings mirror my conclusions on the Marshall and Chevening Awards. Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships are academic grants, mainly at postgraduate level7 which enable citizens of one Commonwealth country to study in another. For the British government the scheme has had two main aims.
Another might be to provide key skills to the next generation of leaders and practitioners, particularly in developing counties, as part of strategies to improve living standards there. (Kirkland et al. 2003: ix; my italics) British contributions to the Plan were divided, with one stream directed to the developing Commonwealth as development aid and another seen as a tool for influencing developed Commonwealth countries. While their symbolic value may initially have been more important, by 2003 the developed-country awards were expected to generate well-placed alumni sympathetic to Britain.