Twenty-two students studying the Chinese language have completed their course at the National University of Samoa.
The students were presented with certificates at the Aoa Conference Room on Wednesday.
Fa’aiuaso Laban was the top student with a 97 percent pass mark.
He received a prize of $500 from the Chinese Embassy.
During the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng congratulated the students.
“The Chinese Embassy and N.U.S have maintained a very good cooperative relation for many years,” he said.
“This year we plan to have about 30 students to go to China to do degree studies in various majors under the Chinese Government Scholarship programme.
“We have also invited about eight N.U.S professors to go to China to attend an art training programme.
“These programmes are important parts of the people to people exchange between China and Samoa and they play an important role in enhancing the friendship between China and Samoa.
“We hope that we could expand our cooperation into more and more fields so that there will be more and more exchanges between the students and faculties of N.U.S with those from the universities in China.”
Mr. Xuefeng went on to say that language serves as a bridge for communication and a link of friendship.
“It also helps people from different countries to learn from each other and to understand each other better,” he said.
“With the rapid development in the cooperation in such fields as education, culture, trade and economy between China and Samoa, there is an increasing demand for more talents who can speak the Chinese language.
“I hope all those who have successfully completed this programme will continue to study the language so that you will be able to contribute better to China/Samoa’s friendship as well as to further the cooperation in all fields between China and Samoa.”