A Kenyan participant in the master's program of traffic information engineering and control provided by the Chinese government said she was greatly inspired by the Chinese people and will make full use of everything she has learned and acquired in China upon her return to Kenya.
Merilyn, the participant who attended the program and got a master's degree in China, expressed her gratitude to her instructors, teachers and even strangers for their help at her graduation ceremony in July 2020.
Their kindness embraced her with real warmth, she said. This was her first time to study and live in a foreign country.
The master's program, part of the China-aid Human Resource Development Cooperation Program for developing countries, offered both academic and cultural courses with the hope that participants could get a better understanding of China.
For Merilyn and her classmates, this arrangement did pay off.
They got the chance to see traditional Chinese architectures with their own eyes and gained a deeper understanding of the long history of Chinese civilization and the richness of the country's history while visiting well-known scenic spots such as the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the China Railway Museum, and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
At the same time, they were awed by the prosperity and rapid development of China when they stayed in the modern and open metropolis in the country, such as Beijing and Shanghai.
Merilyn said she had not only gained professional knowledge, but also felt the spirit and perseverance of the Chinese people who are hardworking, brave and never stop fighting for better life.
In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Merilyn worked with other participants as volunteers to distribute masks and other anti-epidemic supplies to students.
"In the joint fight against the epidemic, our hearts are with China. We share weal and woe during the epidemic!" she said emotionally at the graduation ceremony.