Jan 7, 2009, 7:03 AM
In furtherance of this, the students were on Tuesday hosted to an orientation programme held at the Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC) office's in Kotu.
In his welcoming remarks, the Secretary of State for Higher
Education, Research, Science and Technology, Honourable Crispin Grey-Johnson,
According to him, the day is another milestone in the area
of cooperation between The Gambia and
For his part, Lamin Bojang, the Secretary of State for
Works, Construction and Infrastructure, urged the students to learn and copy
from the Taiwanese people their success story. "You are the next generation.
You have a very big responsibility," he stated. He reminded the students that
they have a purpose and mission in going to
He also thanked the government and people of
Addressing the students, Ambassador Richard Shih congratulated the students while describing the day as a moment of joy for the students.
The Taiwanese diplomat revealed that the students would be
pursuing their bachelors, masters and PhD, noting that the batch constitutes
the highest number of scholarships so far awarded to The Gambia by his country,
which he said is a manifestation of his government's readiness to support The
Gambia's education efforts. "It is the intention of the Republic of China on
He urged the students to become good ambassadors of The
Other speakers included Mr. Momodou Badgie, Director GNPC.
At the end of the programme, a video clip was displayed for the students, introducing them to the country that would be their home for the next four years.