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22 high school students receive local scholarships from China Friendship Assoc.

HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita and China’s Ambassador HE Mr Cao Xiaolin, with 22 recipients of annual scholarships awarded by the Tonga China Friendship Association and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Tonga. Photo: TCFA.

Twenty-two Chinese scholarships were awarded to high school students by Princess Pilolevu Tuita on 15 July in Nuku’alofa.

The annual scholarship program by the Tonga China Friendship Association and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, awarded recipients in Form 3-7 levels, from across 11 church schools.

China’s Ambassador HE Mr Cao Xiaolin said he was happy to see students’ faces again, since the volcanic eruption and tsunami, followed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Princess Pilolevu is the President of the Tonga China Friendship Association [TCFA], and since 2017, the scholarships have been promoting educational exchange and closer ties between China and Tonga

“I believe these scholarships encourages students to study hard and some will graduate high school soon. This means they will have an opportunity to apply for Chinese Government scholarships to study in Chinese universities,” said the Ambassador.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice Hon. Samiu Vaipulu, expressed gratitude to the Government of China for this opportunity for Tongan students to continue their education not only in Tonga, but abroad. 

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