Chinese Embassy in The Gambia recently hosted a reception for the 43 Gambian
awardees of the 2018 Chinese Government Scholarship at the Chinese Embassy in
Seventeen Gambians have succeeded in bagging the scholarship for Bachelor’s degree programme; 22 for Master’s and two for Doctorate degree programmes in China. Meanwhile, two UTG scholars have also secured scholarship through the Guizhou University.
Speaking at the reception, Ambassador Zhang Jiming congratulated the awardees. He added that apart from the significant increase of scholarships this year, many Gambian professionals, technicians and officials have equally benefited from short term training in China.
“All these demonstrate that in our cooperation across the board including education and human resources development, China is combining its own development with the self-sustainable development of The Gambia and Africa as a whole for win-win cooperation and common development,” he said.
Over the last four decades Ambassador Zhang said, the Chinese people through determination, hard work and unyielding spirit, have emerged from a life of shortage and poverty and are now enjoying abundance supply and a moderately prosperous life.
He added that China has grown into the world’s second largest economy, the largest industrial producer, the largest trade of goods.
For his part, Badara Joof, minister for Higher Education and Research Science Technology thanked the Peoples Republic of China on behalf of the government of The Gambia and the awardees for the continued support of the infrastructural development, health development as well as the agricultural support to The Gambia.
He further advised the awardees to be good ambassadors of not only The Gambia but Africa at large.
On behalf of the awardees, Babou Sowe thanked the Peoples Republic of China for granting them such an invaluable gift as well as thanked all those industrious brains who worked day in and day out in order to make sure that they receive their packages in due course.
He advised the awardees that much has been given to them therefore much is expected from them.
“Being awarded this scholarship doesn’t mean that it is the end of their hard work and sacrifice but the beginning of their hard work and sacrifice because they are presently in the stage of aspiration and only hard work and sacrifice can take them to the stage of inspiration”.
He further advised that they are not only the ambassadors going to China but also role models from whom the inferred behaviour of Gambians will be driven from.