ST. JOHN’S: Four Antiguan & Barbudan students commenced studies in the Republic of Serbia this week under the World in Serbia Scholarship program, in conjunction with the Prime Minister Scholarship Program.
Shanice Christian, Donly Browne, Wintley Burton and Connell Joseph joined other students from CARICOM Member States, who will be given a year-long emersion course in Serbian language and culture before commencing studies in Psychology, Economics and Accounting, Education and Computer Information Systems. The four students will pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade.
The students are the first group to depart Antigua & Barbuda for studies abroad for 2013 under Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer’s scholarship initiative, which places hundreds of young people across the globe under the government’s Education through Diplomacy program.
The initiative selects qualified students to attend universities to pursue studies based on the government’s priority areas. The four students joined Kayla Samuel and Clarissa Williams from Antigua & Barbuda, who are in their second year of studies in the Republic of Serbia.
Spencer said he is delighted that Antiguan & Barbudan students are being given the opportunity to study in Serbia.
“The Republic of Serbia is contributing to our students gaining world-class skills and through the granting of these scholarships, the bonds of friendship between our two countries will be further enhanced in years to come,” he said.
Spencer said although it is important for the students to make contributions in Antigua & Barbuda upon the completion of their studies, his government will be proud of them wherever they decide to make contributions around the globe.
“In the end they will all remain Antiguan & Barbudan citizens and their contributions will be of benefit to our nation,” said Spencer. “I am pleased that the Government of the Republic of Serbia has agreed to partner with Antigua & Barbuda in our quest to provide the best education for our people. We appreciate this partnership greatly.”