China awards scholarships to mark 47 years in Nigeria

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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China has awarded scholarships o 47 Nigerian students of the University of Calabar, Cross River State.

Dr. Zhou Ping Jian, China’s Ambassador to Nigeria, said the award of scholarships was to extend its hand of fellowship to the citizens as it commemorates its 47th anniversary of China-Nigeria bilateral relations.

Ping Jian stated “the understanding and the friendship with the people is the foundation for any good bilateral relations. China and Nigeria has very cordial bilateral relations and we believe should benefit the ordinary people”.

According to the Ambassador, the choice of University of Calabar was due to the rising profile of the institution, noting that its scholarships award cuts across every faculty.

Gratitude

One of the beneficiaries of the award, Collette Offiong Bassey of the Linguistic Department exclaimed “wow! I am really overwhelmed and excited to receive this scholarship award. It is rewarding when you work hard and get appreciated. It is fantastic”.

Another student, Esu Esu was appreciative of the gesture, saying I feel great and opportune. I am going to work harder. For China to recognize me shows that means they are out to encourage students. So, any student who knows what is needed must do the best knowing that people are watching”.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagu described the gesture as a mark of recognition that the institution was rising and its efforts was not going unnoticed.

Akpagu further said that for China to celebrate the 47th anniversary of its bilateral relations with the institution was a privilege.

“We are really elated. For us it’s a vindication that we are repositioning and our profile is rising. We have an institute of Asian and African Studies and China is going to form the fulcrum of our Asian studies in language, culture and technology”, stated the Vice Chancellor.

The 47 students, carefully selected across departments of the institution scored a CGPA of 3.5 and above.

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