Oct 21, 2009, 5:26 AM
As many as twenty-five Gambian students will leave the country today for the Republic of China on
The group known as Special Agriculture Class will be pursing a four-year degree programme in
The Taiwanese embassy yesterday organised an orientation programme for the students to enable them have a first hand information about Taiwan, as well as Taiwan Technical Mission operations in the Gambia.
Addressing the students at the Paradise Suites Hotel, the Ambassador of Taiwan in the
According to him, it's very difficult to select a few out of the lot. He revealed that State House has set up a committee to conduct the interview and selection of candidates.
According to the Taiwanese diplomat,
"There you can focus on your studies to pursue the dreams of your life.
"This special programme is a tailor-made programme for the Gambian students to study bachelor degree in agriculture in
He informed the young Gambians that the importance of agriculture cannot be over-emphasised.
It's your responsibility to work hard while in
Ambassador Shih informed the students that education is very high and competitive in
"It's your responsibility to study hard," Ambassador Shih told the students.
He challenged the students to give their best in
He revealed that two other tailor-made programmes were made for Gambian students in the areas of ICT and civil engineering. Participants of these courses, he said, are all doing well.
Yusupha Dibba, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology revealed that the programme is a special initiative of the President.
He commended President Jammeh for his foresight and interest in the country's agricultural development.
"Take this as a special privilege and not a right", he told the students.
Food security is important and no economy can be developed without producing its own food, he emphasised.
He encouraged the students to raise the Gambian flag in
Abdul Jobe, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture also extolled the students to work hard in
"If you really focus in
DPS Jobe told the young Gambians that they have the best opportunity to read as they are very young.
According to him, President Jammeh's dream is to make the
Mr. Harry Sambou from the Office of the President also spoke at the occasion.
"The worst thing you can do for President Jammeh is to fail in
"You are going for a purpose and that is to succeed in
He also advised the students to remain united in
Integrate into the Chinese society and appreciate their culture, he concluded.
Dr. Wei-Ho Lin Head of Taiwan Technical Mission in The Gambia made a PowerPoint presentation about their work in the country.
The occasion was moderated by Mr. Tom Lee, 1st Secretary at the Taiwanese embassy.