BC schol­ar­ships aimed at Chi­nese

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU

Bri­tish Columbia wants to at­tract more Chi­nese stu­dents to study in its kinder­gartens to el­e­men­tary schools.

A del­e­ga­tion led by B.C. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Fass­ben­der vis­ited Bei­jing and an­nounced on Mon­day two new schol­ar­ships for Chi­nese stu­dents and B.C. stu­dents who study Chi­nese.

Start­ing in 2016, the min­istry will pro­vide C$150,000 in an­nual schol­ar­ships to a to­tal of 120 stu­dents – 40 from China, 40 from the Repub­lic of Korea and 40 from Ja­pan. The money will help 20 stu­dents at­tend schools in kinder­garten through 12th grade, and 20, 12th grade stu­dents at­tend post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions.

The goal is to is­sue the awards in the spring for el­i­gi­ble stu­dents to com­mence their stud­ies in B.C. in the fall of 2016.

In ad­di­tion to the new schol­ar­ship pro­gram, the min­istry and the Con­sulate-Gen­eral of China in Van­cou­ver have es­tab­lished an­other an­nual schol­ar­ship, the Bri­tish Columbia-China Award for Ex­cel­lence in Chi­nese. The min­istry and the con­sulate-gen­eral will con­trib­ute C$12,500 each to award $500 to 50 Grade 12 B.C. stu­dents for their ex­cel­lence in the study of Chi­nese.

“It shows our com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing that we brought op­por­tu­ni­ties for the young peo­ple and help them open the door to study in Bri­tish Columbia,” said Fass­ben­der. “In­ter­na­tional stu­dents help shape our mul­ti­cul­tural, world-class ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, which benefits all of our stu­dents and teach­ers in B.C.”

The del­e­ga­tion re­newed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing signed with the Chi­nese Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in 2003 on a se­ries of col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­grams, in­clud­ing schol­ar­ships, and stu­dent and teacher ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries.

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