The new short term university students were officially welcomed by President of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Dr. Jimmy Yung, during a special ceremony held in their honour.
Dr. Yung expressed his pleasure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (MOFA) had worked closely with his staff to fulfill a wish expressed by St. Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, during his visit to Taiwan in early 2011.
Director-General in Taiwan’s Department of Caribbean and Latin America Affairs, Mr. Mark Liao, who also attended the ceremony, challenged the students to remember the letters CIA. Concentration, Industry and Attitude, all attributes necessary for success.
Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held in honour of the students and St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador in Taiwan Jasmine Huggins used the opportunity to propose a toast to the Independence of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
“It is all the more remarkable that I am here at this time, since it was only mid-March of this year that our Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas paid a visit to this University and expressed his interest in working with the University to provide learning opportunities to nationals from the Federation,” said Ambassador Huggins.
“Through the support and persistence of many persons in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Kitts and Nevis, coupled with the determination and commitment of the faculty and staff of the University, this desire has come to fruition, and we are truly grateful,” said Ambassador Huggins.
Ambassador Huggins challenged the students to make the most of their time in Taiwan, noting:
“Today, September 19, a day when our beloved Federation gained its independence 28 years ago, I invite you to grasp this precious opportunity with both hands, so that at the successful completion of these courses you will not only reflect on your time here with a sense of accomplishment but upon your return to the Federation, you will be able to contribute positively to the efforts of nation building,” said the ambassador to the students during the Independence Day luncheon in Taiwan.
The 16 students are scheduled to return to the Federation at the completion of the classes in mid-December.