The Chinese Ambassador, Madam Sun Baohong addressing the gathering.
The ceremony is marked annually to give awards to non-Chinese students who have excelled in the study of the Chinese language and also to encourage the learning of the language. The awards were grouped into three tiers. Eight students won US$400 each from the second runner-up tier, four Students won US$500 each from the first runner-up tier and the final three winners were awarded with US$600 each. Fifteen other students outside the Chinese Department who study Chinese with the Confucius Institute were also awarded with a cash prize of GHS 500 each.
Her Excellency Madam Sun Baohong in an address stated that she is committed to deepening cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Ghana as well as promote more exchanges between the two countries. She also urged the students to remain committed to the study of the Chinese Language and take advantage of further educational opportunities in the People’s Republic of China.
The Co-ordinator of the Chinese Department, Dr. Azanku acknowledged the ambassador for the increased number of awardees from 10 to 15 and thanked her for the Embassy’s support to students on the year abroad programme.
On behalf of the award winners, Mr. Edward Joseph Yawson thanked the Ambassador for her encouragement and expressed appreciation to the lecturers at the Chinese Department and Confucius Institute for their support. Students of the Confucius Institute also presented the Ambassador with a gift.
Mr. Edward Joseph Yawson giving the appreciation speech on behalf of the awardees
The ceremony was also graced by the Dean of the School of Languages, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, the Director of the Confucius Institute in Ghana, Ms. Mei Meilian; the Secretary of the Ghana Chinese Friendship Association, Mr. Danny Mawuenyega and the Ag. Ghanaian Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Josephine Dzahene Quarshie.
The Chinese Ambassador with some of the award winners