Six­teen Saint Lu­cians awarded Tai­wan Schol­ar­ships for 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - CLASSIFIED -

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.

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