Outstanding Chinese students awarded in Vancouver
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16 Chinese students at Vancouver-area universities were awarded Chinese government scholarships for their outstanding academic performance.
The awarding ceremony was held on May 22 in Consulate-General of China in Vancouver. Chinese consul general Liu Fei attended the event and gave a formidable opening address in face of the on-going chanting outside the consulate fence by a group of Vietnamese over the disputes in the South China Sea.
“China needs well-equipped talents to knock back the intruders,” Liu said. “The responsibility of protecting our territory will soon lie on the shoulder of young generation, especially those of you standing right here.”
Coming from University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary and University of Northern British Columbia respectively, the 2015 winners received scholarships in amounts of $6,000 and $10,000.
While 14 of the award recipients were awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, the other two recipients received the Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Ma Mingxu, who obtained his Master’s degree of petroleum engineering at University of Calgary last year, is one of the awardees from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He hoped to change the stereotyped opinions about his hometown.
Ma Mingxu, graduate of University of Calgary, is one of the awardees who received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Ma Mingxu, graduate of University of Calgary, is one of the awardees who received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
“I don’t want people to arbitrarily link Xinjiang with violence and poor academic performance. Actually, people from Xinjiang are pretty smart. They are able to acquire government scholarships,” Ma said.
Yves Tiberghien, Director of Institute of Asian Research at UBC, also attended the awarding ceremony. He impressed all attendants with his inspiring congratulatory speech in fluent Mandarin. He stressed the hardships of students studying abroad and encouraged them to always keep passion and hope.
“It is very hard to study here in Canada or anywhere abroad. As not everybody comes from a wealthy family, this fellowship plays a key impact on your life,” said Tiberghien. “I know you have gone through lots of strains and adjustments. But as we emerge from those hardships, we will be able to do amazing things that those of your classmates who don’t have those experience can not do.”
The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad was established in 2003 and had been awarded to 4,914 academically excellent PhD students within 13 years.
Consul general of China in Vancouver, Liu Fei (front row, centre), with the winners of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad and Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang.
The project of Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was created in 2011. Any undergraduate, graduate or PhD student under 40 years old from Xinjiang is eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Zhang Linting (left), one of the recipients of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad and Consul general of China in Vancouver, Liu Fei (right).
Published annually, both scholarships aim to reward Chinese students abroad with outstanding performance and encourage those talents to donate further contributions to China’s development after graduation.
According to statistics from Ministry of Education of China, the growth rate of students abroad, who choose to return to China after graduation, has been soaring since 2000. Among 50,000 Chinese students abroad, only fewer than 20 per cent of those students returned to China after graduation in 2000. However, over 80 per cent of about 420,000 Chinese students abroad chose to go back to China after graduation in 2013.
- Editor:Albert | Source: CNTVNA
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