BC scholarships aimed at Chinese
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.