Recently, King Harald V’s Scholarship for 2010 was awarded to 10 female students who are pursuing their master degree study at Yunnan Nationalities University.
On behalf of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Environment Counsellor Kirsten Jacobsen presented the scholarship to the students and made a speech to encourage the students to study hard so as to make contributions to the development of the region and the country.
Vice President Wang Sidai of the university was also present at the ceremony and extended their sincere thanks to the Norwegian government for the generous support during the past years.
The Norwegian King Harald V and Queen Sonja visited Yunnan as a part of their state visit to China in 1997. They were deeply impressed by the region and decided to present a gift to Yunnan Nationalities University in the form of a scholarship program. The aim of the scholarship is to support the education of students belonging to a Chinese ethnic minority wishing to study minority or nationality related subjects.
According to Yunnan Nationalities University, all the scholarship recipients are minority students from poor families in different regions of China so the scholarship has been playing an important role in supporting the students pursuing their studies at the university and in a long run in supporting regional development of the regions where the students come from.