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Thursday, October 17th, 2019



The Chinese government is providing scholarships to 29 Ethiopian university students to pursue graduate studies in China.

The recipients will pursue graduate studies at Chinese universities both in social and natural science disciplines, with the majority of them set to take up doctoral studies, it was announced here Wednesday.

Samuel Kifle, Ethiopia’s Deputy Minister of Education, told Xinhua that the scholarship grant from the Chinese government depicts “one of the best partnerships in the world in all the diplomatic, cultural and economic arenas”.

“We will continue to have this strong relationship, because we are sending another 29 bright students who will make a difference in this country’s future,” Kifle said.

Noting the Ethiopian government’s commitment to strengthening access to higher education, Kifle also commended the support from the Chinese government to filling the gap in terms of access to higher education.

“As we are investing in our human capital, the contribution from China, mainly in terms of scholarship provision, is immense,” he said. “I would like to thank the people and government of China for supporting all our endeavours of development, mainly in the education sector.”

Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Tan Jian, who reiterated his country’s commitment to support African countries’ efforts in the education sector, added that the partnership in education is “very meaningful and important work”.

Tan further called on scholarship recipients to serve as bridges in people-to-people relations between the two countries, which he said is the basis for the comprehensive, strategic and co-operative partnership that the two countries are successfully celebrating presently.

Birhan Teka from Ethiopia’s Aksum University, who is one of the recipients, said: “I have been looking for opportunities to further my doctoral education, which I had not been able to do since we don’t have any academic institution in Ethiopia offering a PhD programme in archaeology.”

She said it was a great opportunity which she had waited many years for. She hopes to be able to further improve her contribution to Ethiopia and its people with the knowledge and potential after completing her education in China.