Forty-eight students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka have benefitted from the yearly scholarship scheme of the People’s Republic of China.
The scholarships were handed over to the students by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian at the auditorium of the institution.
Pingjian congratuled the beneficiaries, describing their institution as African champion in terms of learning of Chinese language and culture through the Confucius Institute.
According to Pingjian, education remained the bedrock of China’s development and extending a helping hand to indigent students would go a long way to assisting them actualize their dreams.
UNIZIK Vice chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku commended the ambassador for the gesture, saying that it was an indication of his love for not just Nigeria and Africa but for the institution.
He said the scholarship was a demonstration that finance could not stand as a barrier to students’ education attainment adding that the population of Confucius Institute has grown so much that a lot of students in the university were presently excelling in the study of Chinese language and culture.