Thursday, 14 September 2017


President Robert Mugabe has sent off 50 students who have been offered scholarships to go and study at Ocean University in China.

The group of students is being sponsored by a Chinese group of companies, Qingndao Hengshun Zhongshen Group, which has investments in Indonesia in industrial parks development, mining development and energy sectors.

This is the second batch of 50 students undergoing university studies at the Chinese university following the first batch that pioneered this Presidential Scholarship Programme under the Chinese company scholarship last year.

Addressing the students, Cde Mugabe implored them to always remember why they are in China and whether they are doing everything to achieve their goal.

He also said his government has prioritised education from day one of Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980.

He explained how the Presidential Scholarship Programme started at Fort Hare University in South Africa and how it later spread to other universities.

After meeting the President, the students were taken to a local hotel for an orientation meeting and send off ceremony organised by the Department of the Presidential National Scholarship Programme to equip the students as they travel to a foreign land.

The Executive Director of the Presidential National Scholarship Programme, Dr Chris Mushohwe emphasised that the selection criteria for awarding the scholarships is conducted in a transparent manner and members of the public must be wary of con-artists who dupe parents and guardians to pay in order to get a scholarship. 

The Managing Director of the company that is offering the funding for the scholarships, Mrs Shanel Liu said they chose to sponsor students from Zimbabwe because of the value the government under the leadership of President Mugabe puts on education.

The students and their parents were shown a video of Ocean University where the students will undertake their studies and Ms Jia Beini, the Public Relations Manager for Qingdao Hengshen Company, who will be responsible for the students’ welfare in China, briefed them of what to expect in China.

The ecstatic parents thanked President Mugabe for his visionary leadership that has seen thousands of disadvantaged children realising their dreams and the students promised to be good ambassadors for Zimbabwe during their stay in china.

The group of 49 students, which is the second to be awarded full scholarships to study in China, leave Harare for Qingdao this Saturday and will undertake four year programmes in various courses that include international trade and economy, business management, computer science and the Chinese language.


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