Aviva launches scholarship programme

Aviva today announces the creation of the Aviva Scholarship programme which aims to promote British education in Asia.

Aviva today announces the creation of the Aviva Scholarship programme which aims to promote British education in Asia, and assist outstanding students in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to further their studies at leading UK universities. This scheme is made possible through the partnership with eleven leading universities in the UK*. 

Applications open in September 2017 alongside the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) process, and the first group of scholars is expected to matriculate in autumn 2018. The programme is open for Aviva customers in Asia and their children for the duration of all applicable undergraduate and graduate courses.  

This is an exciting and innovative programme which will attract qualified Asian students to the UK whilst promoting British education, culture and trade in Asia. 

Chris Wei, Executive Chairman of Aviva Asia and Global Chairman of Aviva Digital commented: “As the UK’s leading insurer, Aviva is proud to have this exclusive opportunity to work with leading UK universities and strengthen ties between the UK and South East Asia.”

He added: "As someone who came to the UK to study and now works for Aviva, I’m really pleased that we’re able to offer students from Asia the opportunity to pursue new knowledge, skills and life experiences." 

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation commented: “It is fantastic to see two world leading UK sectors – higher education and insurance – come together to create a dynamic partnership that will offer scholarships to the brightest and best students in Asia to enable them to study in the UK. This innovative, collaborative approach is another great example of my desire to continue to build bridges between the UK and the rest of the world.”

Further details on the scholarship programme, as well as the online application form, can be found on the dedicated website www.AvivaScholarships.com from 18th July onwards. 

the University of Birmingham

the University of Bristol

City, University of London

the University of Dundee

Durham University

the University of Kent

the University of Leicester

the University of Liverpool

Northumbria University

the University of Stirling

York St John University





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About Aviva Asia 

  • Aviva operates in seven markets in Asia (Singapore, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and India).
  • Aviva is a top tier insurer in Singapore and one of the biggest providers of employee benefits and healthcare insurance. 
  • As at 30 September 2016, Aviva-COFCO ranked number 9 among 27 foreign life insurers in China in terms of APE, operating in thirteen provinces with over 80 branches.
  • In Indonesia, Astra Aviva Life is an equal joint venture between Aviva and Astra International, one of Indonesia’s largest diversified conglomerates, to sell and distribute insurance products.
  • Aviva has had a presence in Hong Kong for more than 150 years.
  • In Vietnam, Aviva acquired the 50% shareholding of VietinAviva from VietinBank to make it a wholly own subsidiary of Aviva in 2017
  • Aviva operates First-Aviva in partnership with First Financial Holdings in Taiwan, with a wide distribution network of 188 branches across the country.
  • Aviva partners in India with the Dabur Group, one of India’s oldest and most respected business houses and one of the largest producers of traditional healthcare products, and has a distribution network of over 100 branches and 12,000+ financial planning advisors.
  • Following Aviva’s acquisition of Friends Life Group in April 2015, Friends Provident International is now part of the Aviva Group. Friends Provident International provides life assurance and investment products in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.