WINDHOEK: Four out of five Namibian students left the country on Tuesday to study medicine for six years at the Nantong University in China through scholarships by the Namibian-Chinese Loving Heart Organisation (NCLHO).
The four are Helena Abed, Kelsey Kudumo, Dosantar Johannes, Jeremy Kharuchab, while Eveline Nambahu will depart later this week.
They are the third group of Namibian students sponsored by NCLHO to study in China. The first group of six left in 2010 and the second group of eight left last year.
The organisation receives over 400 applications each year for sponsorship.
Before their departure from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Tuesday, NCLHO chairman Jack Huang encouraged the students to study hard and come back to Namibia to serve their communities.
Huang, who is a Chinese businessman in Namibia for the past 12 years, said he realised that Namibia needs its own doctors, hence the decision to invest in the education of Namibians as part of the organisation’s social responsibility.
“I visited many hospitals in the country and observed that most hospitals, especially in the rural areas, are overcrowded with patients due to a lack of doctors.
I have also learned through the local media that Namibia is using foreign medical doctors, which is more expensive than using own doctors,” he said.
The scholarships include flight tickets, accommodation, tuition, study materials, food and other basic necessities, which will cost each student about N.dollars 400 000 over a six-year period.
He said the programme plans to fund about 30 Namibian students to study medicine and become medical doctors at the total cost of N.dollars 12 million.
“I have seen that most young Namibians are willing to study, but can not because of financial constraints. Thus, I urge local businesspeople and foreign investors to assist young people who want to further their studies,” he said.
The financial resources for NCLHO come from Huang’s different companies, such as the Namibia Dragon City, Golden Phoenix Enterprises, Oryx Textile Manufacturing and Jack’s Trading CC.
Jack’s Trading, one of the NCLHO’s main sources of funding, imports Conch Cement from China to Namibia for more than four years now.