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Deputy PS urges students to be good ambassadors

GABORONE - Batswana students and trainees destined for studies in China were urged to be good ambassadors of Botswana and represent the country well.

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr David Ratsatsi was addressing the students and the trainees at a farewell reception hosted in their honour by the Chinese Embassy.

Mr Ratsatsi said that it was gratifying that most of the students are in-service.

He therefore said he trusted that they will not embarrass the nation and get involved in acts of misconduct like what occurred in Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago.

He further appealed to the students to utilise the opportunity afforded them and bring something of value in the interest of the development of the country as well as in their own interest.

Giving a keynote address, the Ambassador of China to Botswana, Mr Liu Huanxing said that exchanges and cooperation in education and human resources development is an important part of capacity building.

He said the exchange programme is given top priority in the eight new measures of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

He said that the programme is important in promoting understanding and friendship among the peoples from all walks of life.

The Chinese government initiated the programme since the 1980s and has through it provided more than 80 scholarships to Batswana students to study in China in the past three years. During the same period, the Chinese have invited military personnel to pursue studies in China.

Mr Huanxing noted that disciplines like human resource management, public health, medical service, information technology and computer science are open to Batswana students.

He said the program has proven to be efficient and fruitful saying that many students who have graduated from China are now playing important active roles in their professions and will bridge China and Botswana gap and promote exchanges and understanding between the two countries.

(31 August, 2010, Daily News)

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