Taipei, March 28 (CNA) The Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Taiwan, His Excellency Mr. Jacques Y. Sawadogo, accompanied by the Second Counselor, Mr. Daouda Bitie, recently visited National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, to express his gratitude to NCKU for nurturing talents of his country.
Ambassador Sawadogo, who was visiting Taiwan for the first time, praised NCKU for being a distinguished university in Taiwan, appreciated accepting students from Burkina Faso and said he looked forward to furthering cooperation with NCKU.
President Hwung-Hweng Hwung of NCKU welcomed the Ambassador and had him informed with the study reports of the Burkina Faso students at NCKU.
Currently there are four Burkina Faso’s students studying resources engineering, environmental engineering, environmental and occupational medicine, and IMBA at NCKU, respectively, while three students had graduated from civil engineering and IMBA.
Ambassador Sawadogo commended, with the four more new students enrolled in NCKU from this summer, the total number of Burkina Faso’s students at NCKU will be the most among all universities in Taiwan.
In the academic year of 2012, the overall number of international students at NCKU accumulated to 1,368, including 659 degree seeker, 101 exchanger, and 608 overseas Chinese students, according to President Hwung.
Ambassador Sawadogo was impressed by NCKU’s international profile and pleased to know that students from Burkina Faso are in good hands at NCKU.
Also, Ambassador Sawadogo whose youngest son would like to study architecture in Taiwan inquired more information regarding the NCKU Department of Architecture which is apparently the best choice for students in this field.
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in west Africa. The capital is Ouagadougou. Its size is 274,200 square kilometers with an estimated population of more than 15,757,000. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. The President of Burkina Faso is Mr. Blaise Compaoré. Burkina Faso has maintained formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan since 1994.
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