JUBA, (Xinhua) --
The Chinese government has awarded scholarships
to at least 240 South Sudanese students to study undergraduate
and postgraduate programs at various Chinese universities.
Li Xiangfeng, charge
d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, said Saturday
the scholarships are offered in a wide range of disciplines
including medicine, economics, agriculture and international
The envoy said the
program is part of China’s contribution to the development of
South Sudan through supporting economic and human resource
Li remarked that
human resource development programs in China will boost the
knowledge needs of the People of South Sudan and the results
will be social and economic development.
He revealed that
Beijing has offered at least 4,100 scholarships and short-term
training programs for South Sudanese since the birth of the
world’s youngest nation in 2011.
“I would like to
appeal to our scholars to come back to South Sudan for a
stronger state building of their nation and a better livelihood
of the people,” the envoy said.
are also ambassadors of South Sudan to China. We hope you would
come back with not only knowledge and expertise, but also
sincere friendship between our two nations and people,” he
Yien Oral Lam,
Minister of Higher Education, thanked the Chinese government for
its willingness to help South Sudan, adding that South Sudan
would continue to cooperate with the people of China because of
their continued commitment to help the people of South Sudan.
“I appreciate our
level of interaction with the people of China not only in the
field of education, politics and economic development, but we
want to continue with our social and cultural interaction with
the Chinese people,” Lam said.
representative of the South Sudan-China Friendship Association,
said the scholarships would strengthen people to people
relations and also boost bilateral ties between the two
He urged the
students to utilize the opportunity to learn China’s history of
how it transformed from a developing country into the world’s
second biggest economy, and apply it in the development of the
war-torn East African country.
“We hope that your
going to China will bring new skills and knowledge that will
benefit you and our country that needs a lot of things to be
improved,” Monoja said.