Be good ambassadors, scholarship winners told
Beneficiaries of this year’s Chinese Government scholarships are being urged to see themselves as ambassadors of Barbados and introduce Chinese nationals to the island while undertaking their studies in China.
Nine individuals – five females and four males – have been awarded scholarship to undertake studies in a range of areas, including international relations, architecture, biomedical engineering, accounting, tourism management, business administration, Chinese Language and quantitative economics.
Addressing the students yesterday at the Chinese Embassy in Christ Church, officials encouraged them to immerse themselves in the Chinese culture and to take full advantage of all opportunities presented to them.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean said the opportunity to pursue their studies should not be taken lightly.
“You are going to China at a time that is very important, not only in China’s history but in the history of Barbados,” McClean said.
“Barbados and China share the view that people to people contact is one of the ways you can rapidly advance our bilateral relations. So you are not only going as a student but you are also going as an ambassador. It is through this that we will build lasting relations,” she said.
Advising the students not to be afraid to submerge themselves in the Chinese culture as they pursued their studies, Minister of Education Ronald Jones also urged the students to speak of Barbados.
“Yes we do have an Ambassador in Beijing, China . . . [However], spread our message, spread our gospel, develop good relations and be good ambassadors for Barbados,” Jones said .
Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke also encouraged the students to make use of their time while studying in the Asian country.
“It is my third time over the period of two years I have sent two batches of students. So I am very pleased,” Wang stated.
Thanking officials for the opportunity to study in China, the scholarship awardees said they would all return home to make valuable contributions to the development of various sectors and the country.
The 2016/2017 Chinese Government Scholarship beneficiaries are Racquel Griffith, Jamar Rock, Raquel Mason, Ronihsa Best, Stefan Lorde, Christopher Albert Lee, Willie Mathious, Daniesha Maynard and Renata Alleyne.