KAMPALA, Aug. 26 — Sixty-nine Ugandan students who have won Chinese scholarships will soon travel to China to pursue academic studies on various disciplines.
Speaking at a send-off reception for the students, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Zhuqiang said China welcomes more young Ugandan students to study in China.
“We believe you will become the driving forces to expedite Uganda’s development and become the goodwill ambassadors for China-Uganda friendship,” Zheng said.
He added that round 500 Ugandans take short-term training courses in China every year.
For his part, John Muyingo, Uganda’s state minister for higher education, urged the students to acquire skills from China that can be used in fasttracking Uganda’s development.
“We badly need the skills you are going to acquire to develop your country,” Muyingo said.
He hailed China for the continued provision of scholarships to Ugandan students.
Collin Twebaze, one of the scholarship winners who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they hope the skills they acquire from China will contribute positively to the development of Uganda.