news fromA�matangitonga

Two Tongan scholarship students have recently completed their university studies in the Peoplea��s Republic ofA�China. Sofia Louleni Moala of Tokomololo and Sione Fahamokioa of Haveluloto both graduated lastA�week.

Sione Fahamokioa graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southeast University, School of Architecture, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. He was a Cadet Draughtsmen prior to being awarded theA�scholarship.

Sofia Moala graduated with a Bachelor of Management of Science and anA�MAA�in Business Administration from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei City after studying in China for fiveA�years.

Sofia is a former teacher at Tonga High School and applied for a scholarship to China after she was encouraged to do so by a Chinese language teacher at theA�school.

She was awarded a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council in 2007 to study Chinese for one year in Anhui Normal before moving on to the University of Science and Technology of China to pursue herA�studies.

Sofia said, a�?There were many challenges like homesickness, the language, the unfamiliar environment and being the only Tongan here made it hard for me to survive. But with the help of the good lord, I was able to jump all the hurdles in front of me and to have greater courage to achieve myA�studies.a�?

The Tonga Embassy in Beijing in a statement said, a�?Sofia is a good role model for future scholarship students from Tonga a�� and [we] hope to receive more students like Sofia in future to study inA�Chinaa�?

The Tonga Embassy encouraged a�?mature potential adultsa�? to apply to study in China to benefit the social and economic development ofA�Tonga.