August 28, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Sino-Sierra Leone Alumni Association, (SISLAA) in collaboration with Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, on Thursday (August, 24th 2017) bade farewell to one hundred and ten Sierra Leoneans (110) that left the country to pursue various courses in China through the Chinese Government Scholarship scheme.
The farewell ceremony at the Bintumani Hotel, Aberdeen, attracted the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Leone and other Chinese companies, who interacted with newest Sierra Leonean graduates from China.
Charge D’ Affairs, His Excellency Wang Xinmin, said despite the disaster that rocked the country a fortnight ago, they were nurturing the future of the country.
He congratulated the students on their new adventure and expressed sincere gratitude to both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and that of Education Science and Technology for their support to the scholarship programme.
“In China, we have an old saying that ‘give fish to a man and you will feed him for just a day, teach a man how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime,’ that is why the Chinese Government has always attached great importance to exchanges in the education field between them and Sierra Leone cooperation,” he said.
He noted that the 2017 scholarship scheme was the largest number of scholarship in one year.
He noted that since China and Sierra Leone established diplomatic relations in 1971, over six hundred Sierra Leonean students had studied in China through the Chinese Government scholarship programme.
He said students were going to study in the best universities with favourable learning environment and excellent professors.
Dr. Maxim Conjoh, President of Sino-Sierra Leone Alumni Association, (SISLAA) said the purpose of the meeting was to bid farewell to the one hundred and ten students.
He said the ceremony was also an opportunity for students that benefited from the 2017 Chinese Government scholarship to interact with Sierra Leonean graduates from China so that they would be abreast with some of the challenges they would face during their stay in the second largest economy in the world.