29 Apr 2020

China offers academic scholarships for Solomon Islanders

12:10 pm on 29 April 2020

China is offering 20 academic scholarships for Solomon Islanders as it moves to strengthen its budding diplomatic relationship with the country.

The Solomon Star newspaper reports the advertisements for the scholarships indicate half will be for bachelor degree programmes and the other half for masters starting this year.

More than 100 Solomon students had their Taiwanese scholarships cancelled last year when Taipei cut its diplomatic ties with Honiara after finding out about the government's plans to switch its allegiance to Beijing.

Some of those students have already been transferred and are now studying in China although it is unclear how many.

Online applications for the new scholarships are encouraged however hard copy applications can be submitted to the National Training Unit in the Solomon Islands education ministry.