Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that over 180 Dominicans have attained degrees from Chinese universities and hundreds of Dominicans have received short-term training through programs over the last 20 years. He made the announcement during a ceremony where 22 students pursuing studies at the Dominica State College (DSC) were presented with education grants of $2,700 from the Embassy of the Republic of China in Dominica.
“We have certainly seen China’s hand in the advancement of Dominica’s education sector and development of our human resource,” Prime Minister Skerrit said. “I wish to take this opportunity to thank the People’s Republic of China through you Ambassador [H.E Lin Xinjiang] for the access created for Dominicans to access higher education, and over 180 Dominicans have attained degrees from Chinese Universities and hundreds of short-term training programs over the last 20 years.”
According to him, many Dominican students have benefited from a competitive education in China and are now building solid careers and lives here in Dominica.
“The Dominica State College where students are afforded the highest quality education and the commitment to construct six additional schools in the coming months are all indications of China’s strong support for Dominica’s education sector,” he stated.
Furthermore, Skerrit stated that Dominica has recognized and held firm to the policy that there is One China and China has been a steadfast champion of his government’s efforts to develop Dominica’s economy and secure the well-being of its citizens.
“We are incredibly grateful for the partnership of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
Skerrit continued, “China is no doubt a true friend of the people of Dominica and you all know, when you have a true friend, you must be grateful for that friendship and show and demonstrate your gratitude in tangible ways.”
He added, “You know your friends not when you are only in good times, but in difficult times and every difficulty or moment we’ve had China was one of the first countries to step forward to provide support to us in Dominica.”