BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
ACTING Vice Chancellor of Solomon Islands National University, (SINU) Dr Prem Rai has told 18 Taiwan MOFA and eight ICDF scholarship recipients that the ultimate focus is to get that qualification.
He voiced this during a farewell function that was held for the recipients at Jina’s Restaurant last week.
Rai said that among 800 plus applicants they were the fortunate ones to be selected thus must not forget that the goal is to return to the country with their qualifications.
He stressed that this is an investment in human resource that Solomon Islands is in dire need of and they are expected to return and contribute to the economic development of the country.
Rai stated that without human resources the country cannot move forward for growth and development.
“We need human resource and capable people in all sectors who can contribute to the growth of this country. That is what is expected of you. So when you complete your education and return, your family will be proud of you, your community will be proud of you and the nation will be proud of you,” he said.
In relation, Rai said that they will also learn a new language, Mandarin, which will soon become the second established and recognized international language.
He said that they are fortunate to learn the language and this will be an important asset for them.
“We wish you well in your education in Taiwan,” he said.
In further remarks, Rai acknowledged the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan for its relationship with Solomon Islands.
“Taiwan is a country that Solomon Islands has an excellent relationship with. Taiwan is one country that stands shoulder to shoulder with Solomon Islands so we have to acknowledge that, appreciate that and recognise that,” he said.