The University of the West of Scotland currently has 19 students taking part in the scheme, conducting research in English literature, language and linguistics.
As part of her doctorate, Dr. Linda Merzougui studied patterns of code switching on social media – the practice of alternating between two or more languages – to examine correlations between certain topics of conversation and preferred languages.
To celebrate the first student on the scheme graduating, Samia Laadjal, financial attaché for Algeria and project manager Samia Ounzab attended the graduation.
Dr. Linda Merzougui, said: “I feel privileged to be the first on the initiative to receive my doctorate as it is an important milestone for me personally, as well as for academic relations between the UK and Algeria.
“I have learned so much at the University of the West of Scotland and have made many lasting friendships, and will be forever grateful for the University’s support.”