Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala is headed to Oxford
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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman at age 15. She was shot for speaking out for the right to an education. She has been accepted to the University of Oxford.
The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter. Her tweet included the screenshot of her "Congratulations" notice. She plans to major in philosophy, politics and economics. These are the favored degrees of many of Britain's top leaders.
"So excited to go to Oxford!!" she tweeted Thursday.
Yousafzai will study at Lady Margaret Hall. That is an Oxford college whose notable alumni include the late Benazir Bhutto. She was the one-time leader of Pakistan. She is also a hero of Yousafzai’s. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi also attended Oxford. She is a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Yousafzai won international renown in 2012. This came after she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan. As a teenager, she spoke out for the right of girls to go to school. This is 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. She then 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 well-wishes were author JK Rowling and Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian newspaper. He 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."