On April 23, 2016, the awards ceremony for the ‘2015 Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad’ was held at the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in New Zealand. Chargé d'affaires Qu Guangzhou delivered a speech at the awards ceremony and awarded a certificate and scholarship to two ‘Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad’ award-winning students and one ‘Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad from Xinjiang’ award winning student. About 50 people attended the event including Education Counsellor Chen Yue, family members and mentors of the students, ethnic Chinese professors and representatives from student associations, self-financed students, government-sponsored students and the media.
Chargé d'affaires Qu Guangzhou expressed his warm congratulations to the award-winning students, their families and mentors. Chargé Qu noted that the establishment of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad reflected the attention and care by the Chinese Government for its self-financed students. It also recognised and encouraged the outstanding achievements of the students, and set an expectation that they return to the motherland after graduation to serve the country. The overseas students were China’s valuable human resource, the Chinese Government cared for the progress made by its students and also shared joy in their success. He hoped the students could continue to work hard and strive to innovate and serve the motherland with greater achievements. He noted that with the continuous deepening of the depth and breadth of China – New Zealand relations, pragmatic cooperation in various sectors had been further strengthened. The Chinese students in New Zealand should hold a confident heart and an open mind, be passionate towards Chinese culture and become messengers between the two peoples, contributing to the promotion of bilateral cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation.