Twenty Vincentians have been awarded scholarships to pursue university studies in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The 13 recipients of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Taiwan Scholarship and the 7 recipients of the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) Scholarship were officially presented with their scholarships at a ceremony this morning hosted by the Embassy of Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Mr. Calvin Ho in his remarks at the ceremony held at the Reference Area on the Ground Floor of the National Public Library said that since the inception of the Taiwan scholarships in 2004, some 143 Vincentians have enrolled in degree programmes in Taiwan.

He noted that this year, the students will be pursuing studies in subject areas such as international tourism, agriculture, medicine, computer science and international business, and twelve of them will be enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese programme for the first year.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves congratulated the scholarship recipients and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to learn Mandarin.

Dr. Gonsalves also admonished them to make wise use of the stipend they will be receiving from the government of Taiwan during their period of university study.

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