The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Sun Baohong has presented cash awards to winners of the Chinese Ambassador’s award 2014 at the University of Cape Coast.
The Ambassador’s award is presented to level 100 students who take a liberal course in the Chinese language. The awardees were Bachar Obed Tettey Prosper, Deborah Ama Anquandah, Phillipa Amponsah, Richla Obeng and Albert Awortwe Sagoe.
Addressing the students, Ambassador Sun Baohong said there were about 150 million people learning the Chinese language all over the world and therefore urged the awardees and other students to take the learning of the language in particular and education in general serious since times were changing very fast.She said China had achieved a lot by way of world history, politics and currently economic transformation and added that “China will continue to provide leadership and support to other third world countries especially in the area of education.” She indicated that education had now become a priority and her country would continue to help Ghana expand the frontiers of education in Ghana with the assurance that “China will provide support to Ghana in its quest to upgrade its Polytechnics into universities”.
The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Dora Edu Buandoh indicated that they would want students of the faculty to take a course in Chinese Language in the 2015/2016 academic year. She then asked for at least two more Chinese lecturers to ensure that the programme took off as planned and appealed to the ambassador for scholarships for some faculty to study the Chinese language to help build a strong base for teaching the Chinese language at UCC.
For his part, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. John Nelson Buah pointed out that the Chinese language has become important and therefore added that “the time has come for all of us to learn it or any other second foreign language, urging the awardees not to make it a nine day wonder. “I want to see some of you teaching the Chinese language in future, it will be an asset for you”, he averred
Present at the ceremony were the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan; some Provosts, Deans of Faculty/School, Heads of department, Deputy Registrar, Division of Academic Affairs, Mr. Jeff Onyame and students.
Earlier on, Ambassador Baohong paid a courtesy call on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor at his office to discuss issues of mutual concerns.