Chinese Government Offers Over 100 Programmes to Antiguans and Barbudans to pursue Masters’ and Doctorial studies in China

Prime Minister Browne seen with newly appointed Chinese Ambassador H.E. Mr. Sun Ang. Digital photo by Maurice F. Merchant

In a quest to promote capacity building and cultural exchanges, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has joined with the Antigua and Barbuda government in offering over 100 programmes for Antiguans and Barbudans to pursue Masters’ and Doctorial studies in English in universities in the People’s Republic of China.

The Programme being handled by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is opened to all qualified Antiguans and Barbudans and covers tuition fees, living expenses and international travel expenses along with a stipend.

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Committee announced that the scholarships are being offered in two categories: Special Planned Programme which is offered by the Chinese Scholarship Council and offers programmes from 26 universities to include Peking University, Renmin University of China, Beijing Jiaotong University, Fudan University and Tongji University.  Deadline for this programme is May 31.

Some of the programmes offered include Finance, Architecture, Urban and Rural Planning Studies, Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Chemical Engineering and Technology and e-Government.

The second initiative is offered under a direct enrollment system, whereby 38 programmes are being offered from 33 universities.  This programme which has an application deadline of July 12, offers Masters’ and Doctorial degrees in a number of disciplines to include Education, Public Diplomacy, Tourism and Hotel Management, Public Health, Mechanical Engineering and Meteorology.

Information on the application process can be received from the Scholarship Division within the Office of the Prime Minister or by sending an email to [email protected] or by telephone 268-468-1080.

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  1. Who is really in charge of Antigua?

    At this point in our development it appears that every facet of governmental responsibility has been out sourced to a foreign entity.

    At first glance it appears as if the gifts grants, loans, etc is a great help. The question is who is benefiting most from the help?

    The UK is fixing the roads.
    Global Ports has taken over the main port.
    China is shaping the educational capabilities of citizens.
    China is shaping the agricultural sector.
    Cuba is shaping the agricultural sector.
    Venezuela is funding social programs.
    Jamaica and Guyana are providing labour.
    The entire shore line is owned by foreign entities.
    The land is leased and sold to foreign interests.

    Antiguans have lots of jobs, with an increasing retirement age. Something has gone horribly wrong. Think about it what is the government doing?

      • This is called foreign direct investment (FDI) and every country in the world needs that in order to advance. Please read an economics book.

        I am very happy about the relationship between China and Antigua, it is really awesome. I hope we get visa-free access to China soon!

    • I@ Steve can’t we do anything for ourselves? Even our food is outsourced….

      Where is our national pride? In China?

      We do not have to be bigger and better…. We can be smaller and self sufficient with our pride and dignity intact.

      The PM is capable to ensure this reality.

  2. Would the quifications gained from these Chinese universities be recognised and valid point for point outside of China?. And why don’t the government ever appear to be having scholarships in Europe or UK where English is spoken?.

  3. The truth is that the People of Antigua and Barbuda are the ones benefiting from these programmes. This is socialist and progressive solidarity at its best. Our government is to be commended, and the opposition also, because they are united in support of these international relations with China, Cuba, Venezuela and other progressive nations, all of which is in our best interest as a free and independent Nation. Long live Antigua!

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