Mon­al­isa smile, prompted by a char­i­ta­ble grant

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By XIECHUANJIAO andHUQING in Qing­dao Con­tact the writ­ers at xiechuanjiao@chi­nadaily. and huqing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Mon­al­isa Sin­ga­tini Si­gauke, a 19-year-old from Zim­babwe, never imag­ined she would come to a Chi­nese univer­sity to pur­sue fur­ther stud­ies — but that was be­fore she gained life-chang­ing fund­ing sup­port from China this sum­mer.

Af­ter her grad­u­a­tion from high school two years ago, poverty at home meant that Mon­al­isa could not af­ford to go to univer­sity. But, thanks to a schol­ar­ship pro­gram from Qing­dao Heng­shun Zhong­sheng Group Co Ltd, Mon­al­isa be­gan her fouryear un­der­grad­u­ate study at OceanUniver­sity of China in early Septem­ber.

She was one of the 50 Zim­bab­wean stu­dents who were se­lected to study at the Qing­dao-based univer­sity. Heng­shun will pay their tu­ition fees as well as a monthly stipend of 2,500 yuan ($375).

The stu­dents are mostly ma­jor­ing in the Chi­nese lan­guage, in­ter­na­tional eco­nomics and trade and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The pro­gram is based on the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram es­tab­lished by Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent RobertMu­gabe in 1995. Its goal is to as­sist the poor, dis­ad­van­taged and or­phans who are in­tel­lec­tu­ally tal­ented, to gain ac­cess to ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

But due to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, the orig­i­nal pro­gram was head­ing for dis­con­tin­u­a­tion.

“The timely in­ter­ven­tion by Qing­dao Heng­shun is a bless­ing. The of­fer of this schol­ar­ship to meet the ed­u­ca­tional needs of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram is most wel­come,” saidChristo­pher Chin­doti Mushohwe, Zim­babwe’s Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, in Qing­dao.

“Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe is most grate­ful to the Heng­shun com­pany and the gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of China. Heng­shun has demon­strated a good ex­am­ple of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity,” the min­is­ter said dur­ing an in­au­gu­ra­tion

The of­fer of this schol­ar­ship to meet the ed­u­ca­tional needs ... is most wel­come.”

Zim­babwe’s Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Me­dia and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices

Christopher Chin­doti Mushohwe, cer­e­mony Sept 2.

Heng­shun Zhong­sheng is a com­pany that fo­cuses on elec­tric projects and equip­ment. Since it was listed on the Shen­zhen stock mar­ket in 2011, it has pur­sued the “Go­ing Global” strat­egy and has di­ver­si­fied its core busi­nesses and be­come an over­seas de­vel­oper of in­dus­trial parks, coal mines, power plants and ports.

In July last year, Heng­shun Zhong­sheng Group and other Chi­nese com­pa­nies signed an agree­ment with the Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment to build a spe­cial eco­nomic zone and an in­dus­trial park in Zim­babwe, to fur­ther stim­u­late the coun­try’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment and trans­for­ma­tion.

In South Africa — dur­ing the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion in Jo­han­nes­burg last De­cem­ber— Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and African lead­ers reached a unan­i­mous agree­ment to lift the China-Africa re­la­tion­ship to a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic co­op­er­a­tive part­ner­ship. Train­ing skilled young peo­ple was one of the key ar­eas of the summit.

“In the con­text of newChina-Africa ties and based on the in­dus­trial park project, we have de­cided to sup­port 50 to 100 stu­dents an­nu­ally study­ing in China for the next three years,” said Heng­shun Zhong­sheng Pres­i­dent Jia Xiaoyu. held in OUC on

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