TWO local students will be heading to United Kingdom (UK) to study at the University of Manchester.
They will join other 15 students from the Pacific who are also studying at the university.
The successful recipients are Jerry Siota and Rawcliffe Ziza.
Mr Siota works at the Ministry of Public Service and Mr Ziza at the Government House.
Yesterday, staff at the Ministry of Public Services witnessed the handing over of the scholarship from British deputy high commissioner Simon Gore to Mr Siota.
Mr Gore said, that this is the first ever time the university has offered such scholarship to 17 students from the pacific region.
“It is a worldwide university that takes students around the world; however this time round we see it is best to pick more potential students from the pacific.”
He added that he believes these two students will bring benefit to the country after completing their studies.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service Nego Sisiolo yesterday thanked the UK government in awarding such top scholarships for two Solomon Islanders.
The duo will be leaving early September for their one year courses.
Mr Siota will be undergoing for masters in organisational change and development.
He said, after finishing the course it will be a big bonus for the public service ministry.
By LESLEY SANGA