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China's scholarships turn dreams into realities

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-08-2016 16:07 BJT

By Vicki Cann, PhD Candidate, Communications University of China

Under the distinguished leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing has expanded a program to provide full scholarships to thousands of students worldwide.

 

Recipients are granted with accommodations, airfare, insurance and  monthly stipends. But unlike other scholarship programs that mandate students study specific subjects, recipients of Chinese Government Scholarships can pursue various degrees from 279 of China's top universities. Accordingly, the possibilities are endless!

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

The Chinese Scholarship Council, a department of the Ministry of Education, coordinates on the various scholarship programs. International students can apply for several scholarships including a Bilateral Program (scholarships between the Chinese government and each respective country).

Other programs are the Chinese University Program (implemented by specific Chinese Universities); EU Program (full scholarships to EU nationals), as well as Chinese language and culture studies facilitated by the Confucius Institute.

Communications University of China promotes diversity

Beijing-based Communications University of China (CUC) is one of the leading institutions for the study of new and traditional media, journalism, digital animation, film and other areas in the field of communication studies. Many students are recruited by top media houses, both locally and internationally.

CUC Professor of New Media Studies, Tian Zhihui, said international students promote diversity in China. "Many universities welcome enrollment of more international students." 

She added, "Several universities, such as CUC, have made significant strides to offer good services and academic support for our international students."

"When the university becomes more diverse, Chinese and international students can learn more about each other and study together. This will contribute to a better life and society," she said.

International Masters of International Communication (IMIC)

Professor Zhang Yanqiu, Director of the African Communication Research Center and CUC's Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Journalism and Communication, was instrumental in launching a unique one year MA program for students from Africa and other developing nations.

The Center promotes cultural exchange activities and fosters more intercultural understanding between China and Africa.

"Over the past five years there have been more than 134 students from 47 countries. Over 64 students were from 22 African nations and the program is wholly-supported by our Government."

She added, "This is mutually beneficial for our Chinese CUC students and our internationals students. Many benefit personally as they often receive promotions when they return to their home countries." 

"Some even return for their PhDs, because they have developed an interest and find China attractive, because of its rising influence, so students want to learn and study more about the country," said Zhang.

Simon Matingwina has benefited from the IMIC program and returned to China in September to pursue his PhD.

"Education is the ultimate empowerment tool and with the support of the Government of China in skills and human resource development, Zimbabwe and other developing countries

could achieve the UN's (United Nations) sustainable development goals (SDGs)," he said.

A Grateful Jamaican

Not too long ago, I, myself, had given up hope on dreams to pursue a doctorate, especially given the unpredictable nature of the Jamaican economy.  

Nevertheless, the year of the sheep would be an unforgettable one, since I was awarded a full scholarship to pursue PhD studies in Beijing. Accordingly, I pledge my commitment to enhance relations between China, Jamaica and other countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.

President Xi Jinping – an Inspiration

Upon arriving in Beijing, the first book I purchased was, "Xi Jinping: The Governance of China," an invaluable collection of his speeches that are insightful and inspiring – "a must read" for any student residing in China.

During his 2013 visit to Latin America, Xi said China, Latin America and the Caribbean must continue to support each other as friends and partners in development.

As a Chinese proverb goes, "Just as distance tests a horse's strength, time will show a person's sincerity." The growth of China-Latin America and the Caribbean relations will continue to prove that "ours is an open, inclusive, mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship," he said.

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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