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More scholarships in 'Look North' countries

Ioane Burese
Saturday, March 02, 2013

THE Public Service Commission is urging students wishing to pursue higher education overseas to apply for scholarships advertised by government for overseas training in the countries beyond traditional training destinations.

In a statement, PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said these new scholarships were part of the government's Look North Policy in strengthening bilateral relations in the areas of trade, health and, more importantly, in education and training.

Mr Chand said there were long term training opportunities available which Fiji students were not making full use of in countries such as India, China, Russia, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Georgia, Morocco and Cuba.

"Students are encouraged to take advantage of such opportunities as an avenue to improve the country's capacity in the medical, engineering, commerce, environmental and mineral science fields," he said.

"The qualifications offered are also recognised internationally."

He said under the provisions of scholarships, there were 13 students studying in Morocco and another 14 students pursuing their medical degree at the Escuela Latinoamericana De Medicina University offered by the government of Cuba.

Furthermore, Mr Chand said five students were sponsored under the Fiji government Overseas Scholarship Program this year to study in China while 24 were studying in parts of China under Chinese government scholarships.