Sixteen Saint Lucians awarded Taiwan Scholarships for 2016
The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) continues to express its commitment to provide Saint Lucians with more opportunities to further their studies. These sentiments were communicated recently by Taiwan Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Ray Mou at a ceremony to award scholarships to some sixteen Saint Lucians.
Ambassador Mou says interest in Taiwan Scholarships has increased sharply over the years, making competition for awards intense because of the high quality of candidates from different countries. “This year we have nine recipients of scholarships and another two ICDF scholarships winners and five medical scholarship winners making a total of sixteen. The number of scholarships has increased from previous years. I hope we can have more scholarships, for that I promise you, I will try to obtain more scholarships in the future. I know you have a new government and I will surely work very hard with your government.”
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, John Calixte emphasised the importance for the scholarship recipients to work hard and to always aim for excellence. “This scholarship has afforded all of you an opportunity to realise your dreams; take it with both hands, and with determination and pride, and make that dream become a reality. There is no elevator to success; unfortunately you have to take the stairs.”
Taiwan scholarships alumni as well as students currently pursuing studies in the Asian nation were also on-hand to provide support to the new batch of recipients.
Saint Lucia has more than sixty students now studying in Taiwan, and more than fifty have already completed their studies.