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University of Westminster announces expansion of Changing Lives Programme supporting long-term international work placements

28 April 2017

L-R Dr Majid AlSadi, British Ambassador to Jordan Edward Oakden CMG, Chris Smith

During a celebration event for the Changing Lives Programme, the University of Westminster announced its plans to expand the programme to support students to undertake a nine month paid internship in Amman, Jordan.

Since its launch in September 2016, 28 students have participated in the Changing Lives Programme which has offered students the chance to volunteer in Jordan, allowing them to learn more about the Middle East and to work with some of the project’s partner organisations.

The Changing Lives Programme has so far given its participants a truly global outward mobility experience and the University of Westminster, with funding from the Quintin Hogg Trust, is excited to expand this life changing initiative to support four students each year in a nine month, paid work placement in Amman, Jordan. 

The Changing Lives Programme is made possibly by support from Distant Horizons and the generosity of philanthropist Dr Majid AlSadi, CEO and Chairman of Eastern Holding,

As well as the expanded programme, in 2017/18, at least 28 students will be funded to visit Jordan and volunteer with one of our partner charities, all of whom are under the patronage of HM Queen Rania al Abdullah and other members of the Jordanian Royal Family.

All student applicants for the nine month paid internships must be studying Arabic at the University of Westminster. The broader Changing Lives Programme will run again this September and is open to all enrolled students who wish to participate in a 10-14 day volunteering experience in Amman.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.