Fourteen student of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) traveled yesterday to china on a three-week scholarship to sharpen their proficiency in Chinese language.
The trip is of the intense of the flourishing relationship between ABUAD and China, the world fastest growing economy.
A statement by the Head Corporate Affairs of the tertiary Mr Tunde Olofintila, said the students were accompanied by Chinese Language Coordinator, Mr. Charles Ejemezu.
ABUAD students and staff were considered worthy of making the list of institutions selected all over the world because of ABUAD’s cordial relationship with China and a Memorandum of Understanding between ABUAD and China since 2011.
In 2011, barely a year after ABUAD commenced academic work, the university introduced the compulsory study of Chinese or French languages to its students as part of its efforts to institutionalize quality and functional education and prepare its students for the competitive global employment market.
Since the introduction of Chinese language to the curriculum of the university, ABUAD students have benefitted from the programme. In 2012, two ABUAD students got scholarships to study in two universities in China.
In 2013, two students of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy of the university got Chinese Government scholarships to study for one year in two different Universities in China. The lucky duo were Miss Queen Ada Modestus and Miss Somiari Elizabeth Belema, who have since bagged their Proficiency Certificates in Chinese Language from Hangzhou Normal University China and Fujian Normal University China.
Sixteen ABUAD students and employees embarked on an Educational/Excursion tour to Beijing, China between September 19 and October 3, 2014.
In 2016, Oghenetejiri Odjighoro, a 2015 First Class Graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of ABUAD, was employed as an Assistant Engineer by the Lagos-based Huawei Technologies Limited, a leading multinational Networking and Telecommunications Equipment and Services company, because of her basic knowledge of Chinese language.
In her December 12, 2016 letter of appreciation to the University, Odjighoro was full of effusive and lavish praise for ABUAD Founder, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, the Management and staff of the University for empowering her with all the skills, including the studying of Chinese language, she needed to succeed and excel in her chosen Engineering career.