FREETOWN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Sino-Sierra Leonean Alumni Association (SISLAA) on Wednesday night held here an orientation ceremony for 49 Sierra Leonean students who will be leaving for China to pursue their further studies.
The 49 students will undertake undergraduate and post-graduate studies in various fields ranging from economics, sciences to mining.
Guo Xin, secretary to the political section of the Chinese Embassy, congratulated the students and looked forward to their fruitful stay in China so as to come back and "play their part in the development of the country".
Three former students who had benefited from Chinese government scholarships praised the Chinese government gesture which they said has significantly helped develop Sierra Leone.
The Public Relations Officer of SISLAA Austin Thomas commended the Chinese government for their support and assistance to Sierra Leone, especially in the country's Ebola crisis.
A highlight of the evening's ceremony were the sharing of fond memories of the pleasant times they experienced from their Chinese hosts during their study in China. Enditem