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240 South Sudanese get scholarships to Chinese universities

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September 2, 2017 (JUBA) – At least 240 South Sudanese students have been awarded scholarships to study in various Chinese universities.

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South Sudan vice-president James Wani Igga during his visit to China June 28, 2014 (Larco Lomayat)

The charge d’affaires at the Chinese embassy in Juba, Li Xiangfeng, said the scholarships cover economics, agriculture, international relations and medicine fields.

“I would like to appeal to our scholars to come back to South Sudan for a stronger state building of their nation and a better livelihood of the people,” Xiangfeng told Xinhua.

“Furthermore, you are also ambassadors of South Sudan to China. We hope you would come back with not only knowledge and expertise, but also sincere friendship between our two nations and people,” he added.

The program, the envoy said, is part of China’s contribution to the development of South Sudan by supporting economic and human resource development.

The human resource development programs in China, he noted, will boost the knowledge the people of South Sudan, a country that has been at war since 2013.

China, according to its envoy, has offered 4,100 scholarships and short-term training programs for South Sudanese since the young nation gained independence in July 2011.

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s minister for higher education, Yien Oral Lam lauded the contribution from the Chinese government and vowed to cooperate with its people.

“I appreciate our level of interaction with the people of China not only in the field of education, politics and economic development, but we want to continue with our social and cultural interaction with the Chinese people,” said Lam.

China was one of the nations that recognized South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 3 September 02:51, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Special thanks to Chinese authorities for this scholars program n the South Sudan Government n governance but next time education system in South Sudan need to upgrade to avoid large numbers of Students studying abroad n to encourage students exchange to avoid and ignores the broader needs of society e.g Good health facilities, good roads n good education facilities to promote development n intern

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  • 3 September 08:56, by Lenin Bull

    A friend in need is a friend in deed and China is of them.

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    • 3 September 10:51, by South South

      Country is moving forward with good things. We will work very hard to build our country. Education is the only power you can give to your child.

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  • 3 September 13:18, by Majesty

    A very generous gift with good intention by people of China. Although South Sudan main problem is not lack of education, it is one of only few fields foreigners can help without being seen as for one group or against another. It has to be seen these students will be given chance to illustrate their acquired knowledge upon return esp those who aren’t on medical field.

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