A total of 12 undergraduates from Mozambique’s University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) received the annual Chinese Ambassador Scholarship on Friday.
(*Feature photo by Zhou Lingmei/Xinhua)
The award, set up in 2018, shows the Chinese ambassador’s support for the UEM, and encouragement to students majoring in Chinese language and culture in the university’s Confucius Institute, said UEM President Orlando Quilambo through a video to the ceremony held in the newly-built CI lecture hall.
Commending the institute’s work, Quilambo said that since its foundation, the institute has been carrying out a series of academic and cultural activities to fulfill its commitment and consolidate the relations between Mozambique and China, which was appreciated by the university and Mozambican society.
“This year we have witnessed the graduation of the first group of Chinese-major students, which represents a moment of satisfaction for the achievement of the established goals when the institute was started in our university,”said Quilambo.
China has become one of the major investments and trade partners of Mozambique in recent years, and many Mozambican young talents have joined the cooperation projects between the two countries, said the Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Wang Hejun in a recorded video.
There will be an increasing demand for bilingual talents with Chinese and Portuguese language skills and mastering the Chinese language has become an advantage in job hunting for local graduates, said the ambassador.
“I also hope that the scholarship will inspire more Mozambican students to seize the opportunities brought by the developing relations between China and Mozambique, and to help them chase their dreams in life,” said Wang.
Nuria Samuel, one of the scholarship winners, thanked the Confucius Institute in her speech for providing a platform for Chinese language learning. The girl said that she loves Chinese so much that she even created a Chinese language channel on YouTube.