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The China Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia (CCCE) on Wednesday awarded financial scholarship for 27 outstanding Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) students.

The sponsorship program is part of CCCE’s initiative to support engineering students on annual basis.

Tan Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, said during the scholarship awarding ceremony that the embassy encourages Chinese companies to fulfill their social responsibilities at their utmost potential, in which education being one among the priority areas.

“The Chinese government is committed to assist the capacity building of Ethiopia in the education sector and enhancing bilateral exchange and cooperation in science and technology so as to serve the economic transformation of Ethiopia,” Tan stressed.

Afework Kassu, Ethiopian State Minister of Science and Technology, said on the occasion that the support could be seen as manifestation of the growing Ethiopia-China relationship.

“Initiatives like the one by the Chinese chamber of commerce for undergraduate students have far-reaching implications for quality of education,” Kassu said, adding that “we encourage other institutions to collaborate with our universities, not only with ASTU but also other universities of the country, so that students will be motivated.”

Nurelegne Tefera, AAST University President, also highly commended the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the scholarship provided, saying “this would give much more impetus to aspiring students of the university.”

Seble Birhanu, a fourth-year Electrical and electronics engineering student, said the scholarship is important for her to successfully pursue her education and her future career as an electrical engineer.

CCCE and AASTU in 2016 had signed a five-year agreement to provide scholarship, internships and overseas study opportunities for AASTU students through a newly established education fund financed by chamber members.

Under the agreement, more than 130 students will be financially supported each year, while 50 internships will be available for fourth-year students and five further study opportunities in China for graduates will be arranged.

In 2016, 133 students received the scholarship as part of the initiative’s first-year program.

Established in 2008 as a non-profit organization, China Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia has more than 150 member companies that are involved in projects ranging from contracting, manufacturing, assembly, and operation management, among others. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/



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