The two-day China Education Exhibition 2006 kicked off in Kathmandu Sunday in a bid to provide information for the Nepalese students willing to study in China.
As many as 25 universities from various parts of China including Communication University of China, Sun Yat-Sen University, Fudan University, Tongji University, are participating in the event, the forth of its kind in Nepal.
The exhibition is jointly organized by China Scholarship Council under Chinese Education Ministry, the Chinese Embassy to Nepal and the Araniko Society, a Sino-Nepal friendship organization.
The major objective of the exhibition is to impart first-hand knowledge and information to prospective Nepalese students and families about the Chinese education system, individual universities and courses they offer.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Nepalese Minister for Education and Sports Radha Krishina Mainali said, "Nepal and China maintain friendly relationships in various fields, which canbe further strengthened through this exhibition."
Chinese education system is at the international level, and it is suitable for Nepalese students, Mainali noted.
For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Sun Heping said that the Chinese government pays great attention to the accepting and cultivating of foreign students studying in China, and regards it as a main part of foreign exchanges.
China has given top priority to education, which is regarded as its basic state policy, Sun noted, adding, "Therefore China has absorbed more and more foreign students to come to study and is increasing by 20 percent annually."
About 3,000 Nepalese students are currently studying different subjects such as medicine, engineering, tourism and business administration in China. The Chinese government has made available scholarship to nearly 800 Nepalese students during the last four decades.
(Xinhua News Agency April 17, 2006)