MINISTER for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto handed over air tickets and laptops to nine students leaving our shores for Cuba and Canada.
Eight medical students will join 14 Fijian students at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, while a high school student is leaving for Pearson United World College in Canada to study the International Baccalaureate
Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said the government of Cuba provided for the Cuba-bound students' tuition, lodging, food and monthly allowances, and medical assistance.
He said the Fijian Government provided the students' return airfare and an allowance as well as a vacation home after the completion of the second year of the medical program.
"This window of opportunity will allow you to find new friends, broaden your horizons in knowing more about other cultures, learning more about yourselves in conquering challenges and coming up with solutions," he said.
The students will have one year of preparatory Spanish language training and a six-year medical program, which will be taught in Spanish.
"I've always wanted to become a doctor ever since I was small and I'm really happy to get this scholarship because it was my dream to do this scholarship and to do it for my mum as well," said St Joseph's graduate Brenda Williams, 20.