SINGAPORE, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Business China launched here Friday a Summer Scholarship Program to encourage more college students to attend summer programs at Chinese universities, in celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Youth Chapter (BCYC).
The scholarship with an initial fund of 200,000 Singapore dollars (about 147,059 U.S. dollars) will enable at least 10 eligible students yearly to attend the summer programs at prestigious Chinese universities, so as to offer more opportunities for Singaporean youths to enrich their academic experience beyond Singapore and learn more about China.
It goes in line with the mission of Business China, which was set up in November 2007 to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans so as to develop a cultural and economic connections with China to explore opportunities in the region.
The celebration was officiated by Josephine Teo, Singapore's Minister for Manpower, who officially set up the BCYC in 2010.
While conducting a dialogue session titled "Singapore -- China Relations: What Role can Youths Play in the Next Decade and Beyond?" she said young Singaporeans are encouraged to take their time to read more about China, to travel to China to see the country with their own eyes, make some Chinese friends and be familiar with the latter's perspectives.