JUBA — China’s biggest state-owned oil firm, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), and South Sudan Upper Nile University on Tuesday signed donation cooperation agreements to strengthen academic support.
The agreement was signed by Prof. Marial Awou Yol, Vice-Chancellor of Upper Nile University, and Liu Zaiyong, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Country Manager in Juba on Tuesday.
The Chinese leading oil firm provided US dollar 20,000 to the University to improve its education quality and promote research, according to the cooperation.
The firm has also donated 3,000 Chinese books covering politics, economics, military, history, and other fields to the University.
Liu Zaiyong, Country Manager for China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said his firm will provide scholarships to help young people pursue their goals and personal growth at the University of Upper Nile.
“China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is going to set up $ 20,000 of scholarship so as to improve schooling conditions of Upper Nile University and to help young people to pursue their goals and personal growth,” Zaiyoung said during the signing ceremony of donation cooperation at University’s premises on Tuesday.
“Students are the future of the nation, so we have the responsibility to care about the next generation growing healthily. We believe that all students in Upper Nile University will cherish this chance to study hard, strive for progress and climb up on the peak forever,” Zaiyoung added.
Prof. Youhanis Edward, Upper Nile University Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs, said the donation of 300 books demonstrates a strong bilateral relationship between the two countries.
“The Chinese company has donated some funds to rescue our education activities and we thank them for that. We are struggling like when Chinese 400 years ago, had struggled until it attained and become the second economy growing country in the world. We, as South Sudan are aspiring and heading for that,” Edward said.
Hua Ning, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan promised to continue support to the education sector to improve the quality of learning in the country.
“We will provide some kind of help to improve the condition and also to encourage students especially from the disadvantaged background to continue their academy studies here,” Ning said.
Prof. Adel Atanasio, Undersecretary at Ministry of Higher Education stressed the need to recruit trained and qualified lecturers in a bid to boost learning conditions.
“With relative peace, so many students are coming back for home education and we need to do a lot by increasing our teaching hours and need to even do more recruitment in teaching staff,” Atanasio said.