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160 Nepali students get scholarships to study in China

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Nepali Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel (left) and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong (center) present a certificate to a Nepali student who is a recipient of the Chinese government scholarship on August 27, 2018. XINHUA

KATHMANDU (Xinhua) – About 160 Nepali students will study in Chinese universities for the 2018-2019 academic year under the Chinese government scholarship program.

Amid the Awarding Ceremony of Chinese Government Scholarships held here on Monday by the Chinese Embassy and Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University, admission letters were presented to the students watched on by their family members.

The scholarship recipients will study bachelors, masters, and doctor’s degrees at Chinese universities in various faculties including engineering, medicine, business, communication and Chinese language, among others.

Addressing the function, Nepali Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that the scholarship will go a long way to generate skilled Nepali manpower.

“Chinese high-tech knowledge will enable Nepali students to be capable manpower who can highly contribute to the country’s development,” Mr Pokharel said.

Stating that cooperation on education sector will enhance people-to-people relationship between the two countries, the minister expressed hope that it will further help Nepal to achieve its goal of “Prosperous Nepal, happy Nepali.”

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong said that China has provided more than 6,400 scholarships to Nepali students till date.

Noting that youth exchange programmes are an important aspect of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, she said the youths can work as a bridge between the two countries.

“It is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge and new skills and to contribute to social development of your country,” Ms Yu said.

The recipients will get free education along with free accommodation at renowned universities in China.

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