11 Dominican students to travel to China to pursue studies
Eleven (11) Dominican students will travel to China in the coming weeks to pursue studies in various fields, after they were presented with their Admission Notices at an Awarding Ceremony of Chinese Government Scholarships for the Academic Year 2010. Consular at the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Jiliang Sun said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Dominica six years ago, a total of 94 students has been presented with scholarships. He said that in order to fulfill more students dream of studying in china, this year, they have decided to provide an additional six(6) more scholarships compared to the original five (5), bringing the grand total to eleven (11). Mr. Sun said that they are extremely pleased that most of the students who have gone before are now excelling in their respective fields.
‘While reminiscing on the first time we held this awarding ceremony in 2008, I remember a few Dominican students in China were participating as volunteers in the Beijing Olympics. Today I am glad to say some grandaunts who speaks the Chinese language fluently and possess ample knowledge of the Chinese culture have been playing a major role in Dominica’s showcase at the Shangai Expo this summer while some others are assisting as interpreters in the West Coast Road rehabilitation Project,’ said Mr. Sun
Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable Petter Saint Jean said that the Awarding Ceremony is a true testament of the sound relationship that exists between the two respective countries.
‘And to you our students, who shall leave the shores of a beloved island within the next three weeks, remember that you are going out as ambassadors of the Commonwealth of Dominica to represent the entire nation in the People’s Republic of china. I am indeed thankful for the tremendous level of support that we have received from the Government and the people of China, in particular, from the ambassador and his support staff at the Chinese Embassy here, who ensured that our future generation receive the necessary education to take Dominica to the next level,’ said the Education Minister.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senator Alvin Bernard said that the provision of scholarships is just one of their strategies towards achieving some of the primary objectives of the Government which is economic growth, poverty reduction and social protection.