Thirty-five students selected from the Chinese section of the Department of Modern languages and the Confucius Institute were last Tuesday honored by the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Madam Sun Baohong for outstanding performance in the study of Chinese language and culture at the University of Ghana, legon.
The award, now in its sixth year, seeks to recognise and motivate Ghanaian students learning the language.
The awards were grouped into three categories. The first award winners received $550 each while the second set of winners received $400 each with the third group receiving $250 each.
Other students who had also excelled in the acquisition of the language received cash prizes to motivate them in that regard.
The winners were Romario Kwame Djameh, Ali Mana Claude, Priscilla Ampadu, Abdul-Razak Suleman, Abbey Cecil, Annan Victor, Josia, Ocquaye and Nathaniel Gagblezu-Alomaiu.
The others are Seyram Akatey, Jacques Kojo, Appiah Sharandy Gyamera, Brentum Edmond, Odoi Eliza Naa Odoley, Mohammed Ikililu , Ampem Maame Ekua, Ankomah Frederick, Gaisie Proschia , Akantogdaam Prince,
The rest are Boamah Enoch Ankomah, Dordor Dzorgbenyui, Annor Constance,
Owusuwah Grace Mawusi, Ayeh Michael Ofori, Demuyakor Sylvester, Gyamfi Isaac Asante.
The Coordinator of the Chinese section of the Department of Modern Languages at the University Of Ghana, Dr Clement Appah, expressed satisfaction at the dedication and commitment shown by the students to acquire the language.
He said despite the Chinese section being the youngest in the Department of Modern languages, it has the highest number of students and about the most vibrant of students’ organisation and therefore believes that the award will further motivate the students to work extra hard to be recognized and rewarded.
“We have an opportunity, one more time, to encourage students of Chinese here at the University of Ghana and the University Basic School to pursue excellence in their course.”
He, however, bemoaned the lack of opportunities for graduates of Chinese language to pursue their masters’ degree in Ghana.
In her remarks, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sun Baohong said the prize would serve as a motivation to the Ghanaian students learning the Chinese language to master the language.
She said teaching of Chinese language and disseminating Chinese culture in Ghana presently thrives on the friendly relations and mutual benefits both countries will gain from business and diplomatic relationships.
“The Chinese government has been unceasingly committed to supporting the development of Ghana’s educational and cultural undertakings…. More than 5,500 Ghanaian students are studying in China, which has ranked the first in Africa for four consecutive years.”
Madam Baohong thanked the teachers for their tireless efforts in making such remarkable achievements, which is indicated by the growing enthusiasm by students and improvements in the proficiency of the Chinese language.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu admonished the students to utilise the opportunity to learn a second language, which he said, will enhance their chances in the local and international job market.