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Ambassador Ding Xiaowen Held a Pre-departure Reception for Botswana Students to be Studying in China

On 24th August 2007, H.E. Ding Xiaowen, Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, held a pre-departure reception for 12 students who have been awarded the Chinese Government scholarships for the academic year of 2007/2008 and 43 Botswana Defence Force (BDF) officers who are to receive professional training in China. Lieutenant General Masire, Commander of BDF, Officials from Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Botswana attended the reception.

Ambassador Ding is giving a speech

In his speech, Ambassador Ding expressed his congratulations on those students and officers for their opportunities to study in China, wishing them a happy andfruitful stay there. He urged them to tour around China on holidays to learn more about China. He also briefed them the general condition of the education and human resources cooperation between China and Botswana. He stressed that in the past, hundreds of Botswana teachers, students, officials, managers and military officers had received further training in China, and thus benefiting Botswana and helping Chinese people know Botswana better. He said that providing more training opportunities is one of the eight measures the Chinese government promised to African countries at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation last year. He hoped those who are to study in China will come back fully satisfied.

Scholarship students will pursue master or doctorate degrees in MBA, food technology, management, international trade, animation, Chinese language while BDF officers will receive trainings in Chinese army universities and colleges for an average period of one year. Most of them are scheduled to leave for China at the end of August.

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