2017-08-18

Malala Yousafzai plans to attend Oxford

AFP

LONDON -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls in her native Pakistan, announced Thursday (August 17) she has won a place to study at Oxford University.

"So excited to go to Oxford!!" the 20-year-old posted on Twitter, along with a picture of the message she received confirming her acceptance on the philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) course.

She was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October 2012 as she travelled by bus in the Swat Valley.

Yousafzai received medical treatment in Birmingham, England, and has lived there with her family ever since.

Yousafzai was granted the Nobel Peace Prize aged 17 in 2014 along with India's Kailash Satyarthi for their championing of children's rights.

Oxford was the alma mater of Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister who was assassinated in 2007.

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