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Six Fijians To Study In China The Next Four Years For Free

Six Fijians To Study In China The Next Four Years For Free
From left: Naibuka Fong, Wendy Wang, Sainivalati Kaunisela, Hua Qiao University Overseas Admission director Zhenling Chen, Jo Verekauta, Zhen Ming Wu and Sevu Cokoibusa during the farewell at the Fantasy Island in Nadi on September 6, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 07
10:00 2018

Six young Fijians, who have been selected to learn the Chinese language in China over the next four years, promise to return and help the tourism industry as translators in resorts around the country.

Co-ordinator Wendy Wang said the main purpose was to have a number of Fijians trained to speak the Mandarin dialect, which she said was the standard Chinese lan­guage.

The fully paid trip for four young men and two women includes tui­tion fees at Hua Qiao University in Xia Men City in the Fujian Prov­ince, air fares, accommodation, meals and allowances.

The six, who will fly out of the country this morning are Sevu­loni Cokoibusa, 19, of Nahigatoka Village in Nadroga, Ratu Josefa Verekauta, 19 and Susana Elani Tuivaturogo, 22 of Nabukelevuira of Kadavu, Anne Marie Dass, 19 of Komave Village, Nadroga, Sainiva­lati Kaunisela, 20, of Nasau, Bua and Naibuka Vaude Fong.

Ms Wendy said there was a need to have people who would be able to translate for business people and visitors coming in from China.

“There has been language prob­lem for those coming from China,” Ms Wendy said.

“Also with people communicating and translating in Chinese it will make things easier, especially in business and tourism.

“Once we have a lot more people translating then more bridges can be built.”

Ms Wendy said the programme started last year where one male student was now studying at the university.

“He is also playing rugby there,” she said.

In the first year students will learn to speak the language, the second and third to learn and write with the fourth year allowing the students to choose other subjects to study. The university’s Admission Director at the Nadi office Zhen­ling Chen said the project would be done every year.

“We also have another project for civil servants or companies that deal with Chinese business people who want to study the Chinese lan­guage,” Ms Zhenling said.

“This is only a one year pro­gramme and the tuition is free. We offer free tuition and accommoda­tion for this short term project.”

Meanwhile, the six students were ecstatic with going to study in Chi­na for four years.

Mr Cokoibusa said he was happy and hoped to return and find em­ployment in the tourism industry.

The same sentiments were echoed by the other five, who all looked forward to finding a translator’s job with some of the major hotels.

Ms Dass said she was happy, but a bit scared because she would be away from her family for four years.

However, Ms Zhenling said the students would be allowed to return to Fiji during semester breaks. Edited by Percy Kean

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