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Chinese envoy tips scholarship awardees

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Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Wang Shi-Ting, has urged over 100 Malawians who have been awarded scholarships to study at different universities in the Asian country to be focused and ensure that they come back equipped with knowledge from which Malawi should benefit.

He said China remains committed to developing Malawi, thus the increase in the number of the scholarship from around 40 at the last occasion.

Shi-Ting said the scholarships awardees will learn a lot in China, especially from its advanced technology and infrastructural development among others.

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He was speaking in Lilongwe during a farewell reception which the embassy organised for the students who are expected to study different undergraduate, masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes during their respective stays in China.

“I hope that when they come back to Malawi, the knowledge that they will acquire will benefit Malawi because that is the reason they got the scholarships. We assist Malawi in different other ways like infrastructures, and we will continue doing so,” said Shi-Ting.

He said China believes that education is key to development, hence awarding scholarships for over 100 Malawians.

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“It is possible for Malawi to do very well in its development. Not long ago, China was like Malawi in terms of its development,” he added.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Emmanuel Fabiano, who was Guest of Honour at the event, said China is one of Malawi’s most trusted partners in development.

He said the Asian country has been providing different forms of support and education is just one of them.

“Education is always there to give people knowledge and skills so that they can develop services that they are required to provide. Education will never end, that’s why we are grateful to the Chinese government for providing the scholarships,” said Fabiano.

He said the establishment of a Confucius Institute in the country where Malawians will be learning Chinese languages is significant because it will lessen the period that scholars spend in China as they spend the first year learning a Chinese language.

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