3 students on Chinese scholarship

(Left - rignt) Raymond Gwali, Shadie Haikau and Bently Tahioa at SI High Commission office in Port Moresby.
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(Left – rignt) Raymond Gwali, Shadie Haikau and Bently Tahioa at SI High Commission office in Port Moresby.

THREE Solomon Islands students will travel to China on Saturday to do their degree programme for the next four years.

They are:

  1. Shadie Haikau who will do Bachelor of International Relation at Beijing International Studies University;
  2. Bently Tahioa who will do Bachelor of civil engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology and;
  3. Raymond Gwali who will do Bachelor in Economics and Finance at Huaqiao University in Fujian province.

They are recipients of the China – Pacific Islands Forum Scholarship 2019/2020.

Ms Haikau and Mr Gwali will undergo six months study on Chinese language at their same university while Mr Tahioa will do his at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin province.

The students are currently in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to sort out their Chinese visas before they fly out to Beijing.

The Solomon Islands High Commission office in Port Moresby is helping the students to sort out their visas.

It was an excitement moment for the three students as they prepare to explore China and learn their cultures and equip them with knowledge.

Ms Haikau said she was really happy to achieve this scholarship.

She looks forward to do her best in school and come back to contribute to the development of the country.

Island Sun understand few Solomon Islands students are also currently studying under the same scholarship in China.

According to Stella Marie Martin, the Government of the Peoples Republic of China has offered 20 scholarships to nationals of PIF Countries under the China – PIFS Scholarship Scheme for the year 2019-2020.

This scholarship is linked to the establishment of the Pacific Trade and Investment (PT&I) Office in Beijing.

PIF Program is a fully funded scholarship established by MOE to encourage students from Pacific Island countries to study and conduct research in China.