Fourteen students from Antigua and Barbuda aspiring to tertiary education are now the recipients of academic scholarships granted by the People’s Republic of China.
At the scholarship ceremony held yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of Education the Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro congratulated the recipients and expressed her pleasure at the varied areas of study to be pursued.
The Education Minister made special mention at the number of males who were receiving scholarships (ten) and also noted that for the second year in a row, male students have come out on top in the Caribbean Examinations Council (C.X.C.)
Dr. Leandro who is also the Minister of Gender Affairs was pleased to see four female recipients among the throng of males and stated that she hopes in the future even more females will be awarded.
Dr. Leandro encouraged the recipients to go forth in their studies bearing in mind they will be representing not only themselves and families but also their respective alma mater and the country of Antigua and Barbuda.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Liu Hanming in his address to the students made special mention of the fact that Antigua and Barbuda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with China for thirty (30) years.
Ambassador Hanming informed the students that they will not only be ambassadors for Antigua but they will serve as special envoys to the relationship between Antigua and China.
Ambassador Hanming while congratulating the scholarship recipients encouraged them to enjoy the Chinese culture, see the developments taking place and learn the language (Mandarin) as it is the language of one fifth of the world’s population.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer in his address to the 2012 Chinese Scholarship recipients informed them that the People’s Republic of China was the first nation to support the efforts of his government in procuring tertiary-level scholarships for students.
China provided the first scholarships in 2007. Ten scholarships were given out then and ten (10) are given annually, however in 2012 China increased the number of scholarships offered to fourteen.
The fourteen 2012-2013 scholarship recipients bring the number of Antiguans/Barbudans who have received Chinese scholarships to eighty-four.
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