Ten get Chinese scholarships

Ten Barbadian students will soon fly to the People’s Republic of China to pursue studies in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, Chinese philosophy and culture, international relations, architecture, computer science and technology, international economics and trade, law, sports economics and management; animation, and civil engineering.

China’s Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke yesterday presented the students with their letters of admission to their respective universities, at the Chinese embassy in Rockley, Christ Church.

Wang told the students their marketability would be enhanced by pursuing studies in the East Asian economic powerhouse, now the world’s second largest economy.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones (fourth from left), Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke (fifth from left) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine Mc Clean and other officials with the scholarship winners.

“China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years and now it is the world’s second largest economy. The top 500 companies all do business in China, with many of them choosing their base of their Asia Pacific headquarters in China’s cities,” she
said, while also pointing out that the country of close to 1.4 billion people was home to 115 Fortune 500 companies.

“All of those Chinese companies established their businesses or made their investments worldwide. These companies are hiring more and more foreign staff,” Wang said.

In a brief address, Minister of Education Ronald Jones suggested that the students should know no boundaries, describing them as global citizens.

“Your space has been widened so phenomenally as compared to my space and that of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean [who was also present]. Our space was a little more narrow. Today, that space is the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, in an equally brief presentation, Mc Clean said the partnership between Barbados and China had been a rewarding one.

“Barbados considers the People’s Republic of China a good friend,” she said, before stressing to the students: “You can become part of an important network, not only of Barbadians, but of other global citizens. The experiences you would have garnered in China would not have been garnered in Barbados.”

China has awarded scholarships to 70 Barbadians over the past four years.  

5 Responses to Ten get Chinese scholarships

  1. Lee August 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Excellent. China is “upping de ‘ting” while the dysfunctional US is failing us. Barbadians should start considering the implications and start paying attention to a new cultural and economic focus.

  2. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson August 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I wonder what’s in it for China. There are no free lunches.

  3. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams August 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Congrats to my niece Abigail!

  4. louis walker August 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    They say one should never look a “Gift Horse “in the mouth, but I’m sure there are exceptions to this old adage. Beware of “Greeks” bearing gifts is another.
    Understandly,in desperate times however,caution is thrown to the wind:we fly now and pay later,and ask ourselves “what have we got to lose?.

  5. Belfast August 25, 2017 at 12:04 am

    How do you eat an entire elephant? One bite at a time.
    How do you take over the entire world? One island/ country/province at a time.
    Remember the story of the bridegroom walking down the isles, with the sound, of Bup, Bup, Bup coming from his bride?
    To Late!


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