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  • China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has awarded five-year scholarships to five Jamaican students to study in China.
  • The students will be attending the Hohai University come September, and will be pursuing degrees in harbor, coastal and offshore engineering.
  • CHEC’s Regional Director, Tang Zhongdong, said that the scholarship awards show “how much faith CHEC has in Jamaica’s Government and its people”.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has awarded five-year scholarships to five Jamaican students to study in China.

The students will be attending the Hohai University come September, and will be pursuing degrees in harbor, coastal and offshore engineering.

CHEC’s Regional Director, Tang Zhongdong, who made the announcement at the opening of the Mount Rosser Bypass on Tuesday, August 5, said that the scholarship awards show “how much faith CHEC has in Jamaica’s Government and its people”.

“These scholarships express CHEC’s continued commitment and confidence in Jamaica, and is our way of saying thanks for a wonderful partnership,” he added.

CHEC will be responsible for paying the students’ tuition fees and living expenses for the five years of study, the first year of which will be spent learning the Chinese language.

“After the completion of their degrees, the students will be welcome to work for the development of Jamaica,” Mr. Zhongdong stated.

The CHEC Regional Director also hailed the “high level of support for and commitment to this the North/South Highway project,” and pledged to continue to invest in the country.

“We are pleased with the support and help we have had from everyone from Government to Opposition, from the public sector, to people in the communities. The way so many have come together in unity to see that the project succeeds is very good and it inspires us to want to continue to invest in Jamaica,” he stated.

The bypass, which extends from Linstead in St. Catherine to Moneague in St. Ann, is the first of the three legs of the North-South link of Highway 2000 to be completed. The other legs, from Caymanas to Linstead, and Moneague to Ocho Rios, are scheduled to be completed by 2016.

The US$600 million North/South Highway project is being done through a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement between the Jamaican Government and CHEC.