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China honors young scholars studying in Canada

(Xinhua)

08:25, May 07, 2012

VANCOUVER, May 4 (Xinhua) -- China recognized 16 of its young PhD students currently studying in Canada at their own expense with much-needed scholarships in a ceremony here Friday.

Coming from such disciplines as law, engineering, medicine and the sciences, the students each received either 6,000 or 10,000 U.S. dollars under the Chinese Government Scholarship for Outstanding Self-financed Students Studying Abroad program.

The award has helped more than 2,900 Chinese PhD students worldwide since it was introduced in 2003.

At the ceremony, Consul General Liu Fei said: "As we encourage students coming here to study, we like to see them perform well at university. So this (scholarship) program is mainly to encourage them to perform in a good way."

Liu said about 40 students had applied for the scholarship this year and she encouraged more to apply in the future.

The graduate students being honored, all attending top universities in British Columbia and the neighboring province of Alberta, were China's future leaders, she said, adding the Chinese government welcomed young people from overseas "to bring new ideas back home for economic development."

If the scholarship recipients were willing to return to China after receiving their doctorate, the embassy in the country in which they studied would provide recommendations to help them find jobs, she said.

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