SAMOAN STUDENTS WIN CHINA SCHOLARSHIPS

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23 given full scholarships to study in China

By Muavae Faletoi APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, August 22, 2009) - The 23 Samoan students who have landed China scholarships were given a reception by the Chinese Ambassador, Chongren Ma, at the Chinese embassy at Vailima.

The 23 students included 18 Samoan nationals who have been granted full state-funded scholarships for undergraduate studies in China.

The other five Samoan nationals have also been awarded full scholarships for undergraduate studies in China under the China and Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) scholarship scheme.

Mr. Chongrem Ma said he is proud and happy for these Samoan nationals. He congratulated them for winning a precious opportunity throughout their outstanding performance.

He said China is a civilized country with long history and splendid culture.

"I hope you will serve as the ‘cultural ambassadors’ between the two countries, and I hope you could be a bridge for the friendship between our two countries and make more contributions to the friendship," he said.

A Samoan student who graduated from the Wuhan University of China in with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science also spoke to the new scholarship recipients and was able to tell them what it’s like to be a Samoan in China.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Scholarship, Trainings and Bilateral Division ACEO Tagaloasa Sharon Potoi-Aiafi expressed her gratitude to the Government of China for the scholarships which strengthen the close relationship between the two countries.

The 23 lucky Samoan nationals will leave the country next Friday for a five-year study program in China.

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