Chinese Government Scholarships still up for grabs
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Chinese Embassy in Brunei is welcoming members of the public interested in furthering their studies to apply for their scholarship programme.
During the embassy’s open house recently, Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yang Jian told The Brunei Times that besides business cooperation, China is also interested in collaborating and strengthening its relationship with the sultanate through education exchanges.
Registration for the Chinese Government Scholarship was opened in January this year and will end on April 1.
Four scholarships have been allocated for Bruneian students for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The ambassador, however, said that they haven’t received favourable responses from Brunei’s public in recent years.
“We only received a few applications from the public so far this year,” she said.
The ambassador attributed this to the language barrier.
“Bruneians should not be afraid to study in China as the programme will equip them with Mandarin language classes for one year and will follow (these up) with academic sessions for four years,” she said, adding that previous Malay students were able to overcome this hurdle.
She then pointed out that the poor response could also be due to Bruneians preferring to further their studies in either the United Kingdom or in Australia.
“There is a need to learn something from China for the development of business activities in every region,” she said.
“The programme can be another step in making it easier for people to connect with China,” she added.
The ambassador went on to say that the programme is also being offered to other countries in the ASEAN region.
“We hope that more exchanges will be held between countries in the region so that young generations in the region can become ambassadors for their respective countries,” said Yang Jian.
Those interested in the scholarship can apply by filling in all the online forms and sending two sets of application documents to the Chinese embassy in Kg Kiarong before March 1.
Interested applicants who meet the qualifications are required to log on to the China Scholarship Council’s online application website (http://www.campuschina.org or http://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua) to go through online application procedures.
The scholarship will cover the expenses of registration, accommodation, tuition, living allowance, outpatient medical service and insurance, among others.
The Brunei Times