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26 Belizean students receive Taiwanese Scholarships Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

The Taiwanese-Belizean relationship has, for years, been one that aside from economic development, promotes educational advancement. A total of 334 Belizean students have been lucky enough to have been selected over the course of many years to study in various programs and at many different universities in Taiwan.

This year, a total of 26 students will venture to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in an effort to pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in very many fields that will no doubt be of benefit to their home country, Belize. Of the 26, 5 were awarded their scholarships by the Taiwan Scholarship Program while the remainder was granted their scholarships by the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF). The scholarships entail airfare, accommodation, tuition, books, and a monthly allowance with which the recipients are responsible to live off.

At their orientation on August 5, 2017, the scholarship recipients as well as family members were briefed as to how the process would be carried out. The eager students as well as parents were seen jotting down just about everything the emcee, a current Taiwanese scholarship recipient, Antonio Coyoc, had to say.

His Excellency Ambassador Charles Liu spoke to the audience of the opportunity before them and their duty to use it to benefit their country after their period of studying. He places a hope and responsibility on the students to their experiences “in the benefit of the common good.” Ambassador Liu expressed gratitude to the governments of Taiwan and Belize for making the collaborative effort lead to such fruitful outcomes. Without the efforts of the governments, Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, the Ministry of Education, students, and parents, the opportunity would not have been possible. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs to Belize, also encouraged parents as well as students to make the most of the challenge. Paraphrased, Hon. Elrington said that although Taiwan is light-years ahead of Belize, Belize can do what Taiwan has done.

The students leave later in August and will spend between 2 and 5 years abroad. Their packages were given to them by H. E. Ambassador Charles Liu, Hon. Elrington, and Debbie Domingo, CEO Ministry of Education.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:11