The Point (Banjul)

Gambia: Grab Scholastic Opportunity

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The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), has just announced its 2013 higher education scholarship programmes.

Citizens from ally nations, including The Gambia, are eligible to apply for a complete scholarship package to pursue higher education.

This year, the packages for the scholarships cover bachelor's degree programmes for a four-year programme, master's degree programmes for two years and PhD for three years, mainly in the fields of tropical agriculture, business administration, journalism and mass communication, agribusiness, international affairs, civil engineering, nursing, aquaculture, just to name a few.

At the moment, there are over two hundred Gambians studying in Taiwan.

While most of whom are still on the ICDF scholarship, many others have graduated over the years and are now contributing immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.

With this, Taiwan has once again extended its generosity to the Gambian people, by offering numerous scholarships to Gambians.

It must be stressed that this is once more another window of opportunity for Gambians interested in furthering their studies in Taiwan in the undergraduate, master's and PhD programmes.

We firmly believe that the best way to help a developing nation like ours is through educating its citizens in advanced university studies.

Just as the old adage says, it is better to show someone how to fish than to give him fish to eat.

Precisely, this is what Taiwan is doing for The Gambia.

The scholarship package would include airfares, housing, tuition fees, insurance, bills for books, credit fee and allowances. This offer is exceptional, and is indeed a good window of opportunity.

Over the years, the Republic of China on Taiwan has always placed international human resources development high on its agenda.

No doubt, human resources development is one way through which Taiwan has used over the years to contribute to the sustainable development of her ally nations, including The Gambia.

As education is one of the most essential pillars of development, we urge more Gambians to try their luck in these programmes.

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