JIS News

Six students were presented with scholarships by the Chinese Government on August 15, to pursue higher education in China.
Under the scholarship, the students, three males and three females, will be able to study at several universities across China. The students are: Kandre McDonald, South China University of Technology; Evadne Cowell, Northeast Normal University; Macherie Grant, Central South University; Che Stewart, China University of Geosciences; Faithlyn Coke, Beijing International Studies University; and Roger Blake, Harbin Institute of Technology. The participants were recruited under the full and partial Chinese Government scholarship programme.
Addressing the recipients at the awards ceremony in Kingston, Ambassador of China to Jamaica, Chen Jinghua, lauded the participants, noting that the scholarships sought to develop co-operation and exchanges in various avenues, which were beneficial to any society.
He informed that the Chinese Government scholarship scheme, was established to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship; and develop co-operation and exchanges in education, science and technology, culture, economy and trade and other fields, between China and other countries.
“For the purpose of further developing the existing friendly and co-operative relations between China and Jamaica, the Chinese Government has, in the past, provided scholarships to Jamaica, enabling a total of 12 students to pursue their studies in China,” he said.
The Ambassador implored the recipients to use the opportunity to explore and enjoy the splendid Chinese culture, the hospitality of the people and the scenic beauty of the country, adding that “China is an ancient country with more than 5,000 years of history and is also a young country, pursuing modernisation and striving for building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects.”
In her response, on behalf of the recipients, Miss Coke said they would use the opportunity to develop both nations, adding that “cultural exchange will be of significance.”
She also pointed out that this gesture would enhance the relationship between both nations, and that they would return to the island on completion of their studies, in an effort to apply the knowledge learnt, for the development of the country.