Twenty-one young Liberian students on Wednesday, August 27th departed the country to under go studies in various disciplines in the People’s Republic of China. The scholarships were made available at the request of Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Those benefiting from the scholarships represent various Ministries and Agencies of Government including ten candidates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs, with five candidates each from the two ministries, while eight candidates are from the Ministry of Education and one person each from the Ministry of Labor, Bureau of the Budget and the University of Liberia respectively.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China recently awarded 21 scholarships to young Liberians to undergo studies in various specialized disciplines in China. An orientation exercise was held on Thursday, August 21, 2008, at the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to educate the candidates on the scholarship program and their anticipated new environment.
Speaking at the orientation program held for the scholarship students before their departure from the country, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cooperation and Economic Integration, Hon. Conmany B. Wesseh, called on the beneficiaries of the 2008 Chinese Government Scholarships to serve as ambassadors of Liberia in their respective institutions of learning in China.
Minister Wesseh congratulated the candidates and admonished them to remain united as one family while undergoing their studies in that part of the world. He noted that their selection among hundreds of candidates was a privilege and an opportunity to improve their human resource capacities, and encouraged them to work hard and return home with success, stressing, that the President and people of Liberia will be proud of their achievements.
Meanwhile, the head of the scholarship students, Mr. Moibah K. Johnson, has expressed thanks and appreciation to the President and Government of the Republic of Liberia for the opportunity accorded them to seek studies abroad to enable them prepare for future challenges.