Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala is headed to Oxford In this 2013 White House photo, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office. (White House/AP Photo/ Jossy Ola, File)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala is headed to Oxford
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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford.

The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her "Congratulations" notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics, the favored degree of many of Britain's top leaders.

"So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday.

Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall, an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto, the one-time leader of Pakistan and a hero of Yousafzai's, and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Yousafzai won international renown in 2012 after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as a teenager for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school, a topic she started raising publicly as an 11 year old.

After being treated at a hospital in Birmingham, England, she continued her education in the city and went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

"As far as I know, I am just a committed and even stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants to see women having equal rights and who wants peace in every corner of the world," she said on the day she collected the Nobel. "Education is one of the blessings of life, and one of its necessities."

Her acceptance to a university marks a milestone in Malala's steady progression to achieve her dreams. Social media erupted into the technological equivalent of rounds of applause.

Among those offering accolades were author JK Rowling and Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian newspaper who is now principal of Lady Margaret Hall.

He tweeted: "Welcome to @lmhoxford, Malala!

Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, all but burst with pride.

"My heart is full of gratitude," he tweeted. "We are grateful to Allah & thank u 2 al those who support @Malala 4 the grand cause of education."

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COMMENTS (2)
  • mollyn-cel
    8/22/2017 - 12:00 p.m.

    Malala is such an amazing and smart girl. She is impacting the world so much and Oxford is lucky to have her study there. Malala is going to bring special attention to Oxford and they will most likely gain popularity thanks to her.

  • savannahj-cel
    8/25/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    We should congratulate Oxford on Malala's acceptance. Oxford is not blinded by hate nor are they blinded by Malala's accomplishments. They recognize the importance of her values, and that's that education is for everybody. Education should not be restricted to certain people because of their religion, sex, or beliefs. Let's congratulate Oxford on this big step toward recognizing education is for everyone.

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