Ghanaians outnumber other African students in China

Ghanaian student Sammuel M.Okoe-Mensah (Front) plays the cucurbit flute with his partners in the "Chinese Bridge" language proficiency competition in Accra, capital of Ghana, on April 7, 2017.(Xinhua/Shi Song)

There are 6,500 Ghanaian students receiving education in China, which makes them the largest group of Africans schooling in China, said Chinese ambassador to Ghana Wang Shiting.

“Ghana is a middle-sized country in terms of its population, but the number of Ghanaians studying in China is the highest in Africa,” said Wang at the ongoing three-day China-Africa Conference on Population and Development.

China is still one of the largest countries providing human resource training and capacity building support to Ghana, with 1,000 scholarships for both short-term and long-term training, said Wang.

China and Africa would continue to push forward their cooperation in population and development to ensure that all the peoples of China and Africa can share in the benefits, said Wang.

“I think you can take that knowledge and go back to wherever you are from to advance your personal goals and improve your country.” Derek Arthur, who is a Ghanaian studying in Beijing Foreign Studies University, told Xinhua.

Derrick Ampadu, a former Ghanaian student of Liaocheng University in Shandong, working as a Chinese-English translator at the conference lauded China’s educational system for the discipline, hard work and confidence it instilled in students.

“Although these translations are very technical, I always challenge myself to do them due to the Chinese culture that does not give room for laziness,” said Ampadu.

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