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Group of eight win scholarships

By Len Garae PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 8, 2009) – Vanuatu’s Beijing-based Ambassador to China, Willie Jimmy Tapangararua, has thanked the Chinese Government for offering eight ni Vanuatu students Chinese Government Scholarships in Chinese Universities in different fields of profession throughout China.

The students are Leo Sarana, at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Technology; Tai Lulu Aslee, at East China University of Technology for a Bachelor’s Degree in the Program of Bioengineering; Bome Godfrey, at China Foreign Affairs University for a Master’s Degree in International Relations; Joseph Nettie, at Zongnan University of Economics and Law for a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Accounting; Tamata Mackhely at China Medical University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Medicine, Jenny Jimmy, at Southern medical University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing; David Rono, at Chongqing University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate Management; and Kalmos Kaylene, at Dalian Medical University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Medicine.

The Ambassador congratulated the students and urged them to make good use of the opportunity to excel in their fields of study while living and enjoying the environment of "this dynamic and vast economic super power in the world".

On another matter, the Ambassador travelled to Hai Nan Island in South China last month following an invitation by the Haikou Municipal Government.

The Ambassador would use the opportunity to request a formal agreement on behalf of Port Vila City Council to forge a Sister City relationship with the Haikou Municipal Government.

Meanwhile the Port Vila City Mayor Willie Pakoa Satearoto will lead a delegation consisting of Councilor Charlie Funa and Deputy Town Clerk Jean Pierre Serel to Shanghai. The Mayor will take the opportunity to renew the Sister City relationship between Port Vila and Shanghai which was signed by former mayor Patrick Crowby in 2005.

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