More Jamaican students opting to pursue studies in China
Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
This week, 11 students were given full scholarships to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies at various Chinese universities.
Halcian Gallimore, officer at the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica's scholarship unit, said that over the years there has been a steady increase in the number of applications received.
She said that, initially, only five scholarships were being offered, but based on the number of applications received, six more full scholarships were added.
"The number of applications has been progressively increasing over the years. It's a reflection of the fact that the ties between the two countries are very good and also more students are being intrigued by the Chinese culture," Gallimore said.
Reva Watson, a University of Technology graduate, who is currently completing post-graduate studies in architectural studies at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, said this is part of the reason why she opted to continue her education in China.
"I worked for a year and then I decided to apply for the scholarship because there are a lot of construction opportunities and as an architect I think it is important to get such vast first-hand knowledge," Watson said.
One of this year's scholarship recipients, Sean Graham, said he wanted to study in China because of that country's innovation in agriculture and engineering.
"China has been pretty good at farming and they have managed to be innovative and incorporate engineering to make their agriculture sector more resilient. So I want to learn as much to not only help my company, but the country as a whole," Graham said.