Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who, at age 17, became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, has recently announced that she has just won a spot to study at Oxford University.
Yousafzai announced on Thursday that she was “excited” after she was accepted to study Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at one of the leading universities in the world, according to NBC.
“So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students — the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” she wrote in a widely shared tweet. A-levels are final year exams for school students.
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Former British Prime Minister David Cameron and late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, notable Oxford alumni, also studied in her chosen majors.
Born in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, the now 20-year-old female education advocate became known for her human rights advocacy in her hometown, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy, which made her a target of the terrorist group, has since grown into an international movement.
She made international headlines in 2012 after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head for campaigning against their efforts to deny women education. The attack left her unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. After her condition improved, she was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the UK for further treatment.
Yousafzai attended school in England immediately after her recovery from the attack. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.