HK’s Belt and Road Scholarship scheme comes to Myanmar
THE Education Ministry this week signed a memorandum of understanding with Hong Kong’s Education Bureau on strengthening cooperation.
Specifically, Hong Kong launched the Belt and Road Scholarship to enable Myanmar students to pursue undergraduate studies in the city starting with the 2019-20 academic year.
Up to 10 scholarships will be offered annually to Myanmar students who are enrolled in first-year undergraduate programmes at publiclyfunded institutions in the Special Administrative Region.
The scholarships will cover annual tuition fees for specific programmes. The first 10 scholarships will be funded by donations from the Hong Kongbased Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and its associated foundation.
Myanmar is the fourth country to join the scholarship scheme, after Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The agreement signed this week covers the provision of scholarships for students, exchange of expertise and educational literature, teaching aids and demonstration materials, and exchanges of academics, students and education personnel.
“Signing the memorandum with Myanmar to launch a new Belt and Road Scholarship scheme can further internationalise Hong Kong’s higher education sector and enrich our pool of talent with an international perspective,” Choi Yuk-lin, Hong Kong’s undersecretary for education, said.
The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, paid a historic visit to Myanmar last September in an effort to step up its engagement with ASEAN and promote Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Since October 1, tourists from Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea have been able to visit Myanmar visafree, while mainland Chinese tourists are been offered visas on arrival.
– The Myanmar Times