Sheffield graduates shortlisted for international alumni award

Three Sheffield alumni have been selected as finalists for the EducationUK British Council AwardsThree Sheffield alumni have been selected as finalists for the EducationUK British Council Awards and have been invited to attend award ceremonies in the UK Embassy of their home country.

Now in their second year, these awards – co-ordinated by the British Council – aim to promote the benefits of a UK education and support British universities in identifying and engaging international alumni ambassadors.

The awards also benefit our alumni, by helping them to raise their own profiles and providing access to a prestigious network (facilitated by the British Embassy) in their country.

Two of those selected are graduates of the University’s School of Law.

Lihan Jiang, who graduated from the School of Law in 2005, has been nominated for the Entrepreneurial Award in China. Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects. This is the award for self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers.

Fellow School of Law graduate Jahanzeb Awan has been nominated for the Professional Achievement Award in Pakistan. This award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

After being called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Jahanzeb became a Partner at one of Pakistan’s leading law firms, providing litigation and advisory services to high profile clients including the State Bank of Pakistan. Jahanzeb believes his time spent studying in the UK was the most defining period of his life.

Joining Jahanzeb in Pakistan will be Dr Nousheen Zakaria who has been nominated for the Entrepreneurial Award. Nousheen earned her PhD in Strategic HRM at the University of Leeds, after gaining her MSc in Management at the University of Sheffield. As Co-Founder and CEO of Out of the Box Ltd, U.K and The Code It Company, Pakistan, she is responsible for releasing some of the newest and most innovative apps and websites to support the local industry as well as global clients. She provides equal-employment opportunities to people with special needs. Nousheen’s UK study experience enhanced her critical thinking skills and has helped her be the entrepreneur that she is today.

The Awards for Pakistan will take place in Karachi on 30 January 2016, while the Awards for China will be held in Beijing on 19 March 2016.

Jacqueline Jenkins, Senior Advisor, Education Engagement at the British Council, said:

“It’s absolutely tremendous to see such inspirational stories demonstrating the impact that a UK education can have upon individuals and countries around the world. We had hundreds of excellent nominations and it was very difficult to filter it down to the finalists.

“These alumni are an outstanding credit to their universities and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of ambitious international students.”

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