China Pledges to Support Antigua and Barbuda’s Education Programme

Prime Minister Browne handing Ambassador Veliz of Cuba a book by Former Prime Minister Lester Bird

Prime Minister Browne handing Ambassador Veliz of Cuba a book by Former Prime Minister Lester Bird

BEIJING, People’s Republic of China – September 1, 2014……Premier of the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Mr. Li Keqiang has pledged to support the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party Government’s thrust in education.

During an audience with Premier Li, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne outlined his government’s plans for developing the education system in Antigua and Barbuda.  He spoke of the plans to transform the Five Islands Secondary School, under construction by the Chinese Government into the first phase of the University College of Antigua and Barbuda, the establishment of a Confuscious School of Learning, the establishment of a Chinese Language Programme in Secondary Schools which will ultimately lead to Mandarin becoming a subject at the Caribbean Secondary Certificate CSEC examination level and the granting of additional scholarships for young Antiguans and Barbudans to pursue studies abroad.

“Education is one of the most important factors that can ensure that our nation truly becomes an economic powerhouse within the Caribbean.  The government of China has been a valuable partner to Antigua and Barbuda in this area and many others and it is my intention to develop our friendship to further benefit both of our peoples,” said PM Browne.

Premier Li welcomed Prime Minister Browne’s vision for Education and outlined that China welcomed new areas of cooperation and will give full support to the efforts to further educate Antiguans and Barbudans.  “China is delighted about the future prospects of our relationship and we view our relations as a model for developing countries.  It was your former Prime Minister Lester Bird who once said that Antigua and Barbuda and China has shown the world that large and small countries can build a relationship of mutual respect.  China fully believes in this,” Li pointed out.

President Li said that his government will support the transformation of the secondary school project into a university and will commence plans for the establishment of the Confuscious School and the teaching of Mandarin in Antigua and Barbuda.  He said that his government will continue to provide scholarships to Antiguans and Barbudans.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Browne has announced that the People’s Republic of China has made available three additional scholarships for Masters degrees commencing in September:

  1. Masters of Public Administration for Developing Countries at

Peking University;

  1. Masters of Education Projects for Developing Countries at East China Normal University; and
  2. Masters of International Communication Projects for developing countries at the Communication University of China

In addition, Prime Minister Browne said that last week he also received notification from Cuban Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Gustavo Veliz that Cuban President Raul Castro has approved additional full scholarships for Antigua and Barbuda following the election of the new Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party to office.

He said that the scholarships available in Cuba from September are:

  1. Five scholarships in medicine
  2. Two scholarships in dentistry
  3. Five scholarships in the field of agronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering or childhood education

Application forms are available from the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Division in the Office of the Prime Minister.  Deadline for application is September 19, 2014.

 

 

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