St. Kitts and Nevis’ Resident Ambassador in Taiwan challenges local hospitality and tourism students at National Kaohsiung University

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN SEPTEMBER 20TH 2011 (CUOPM) – While the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis was celebrating the 28th Anniversary of Independence in Basseterre, sixteen nationals in Taiwan began a three-month intensive hospitality and tourism training programme at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism which will prepare them to become nation builders.

(third from left—Dr. Jimmy C. Yung, President of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism; fourth from left – Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins, Ambassador of Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts) and Nevis in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and fifth from left – His Excellency Mark Liao, Director General of Latin America and Caribbean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

“It is all the more remarkable that I am here at this time, since it was only mid-March of this year that our Prime Minister the Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas paid a visit to this University and expressed his interest in working with the University to provide learning opportunities to nationals from the Federation,” said St. Kitts and Nevis’ Resident Ambassador in Taiwan, Her Excellency Ms. Jasmine Huggins during a welcome ceremony for the Kittitian and Nevisian students.

“Through the support and persistence of many persons in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Kitts and Nevis, coupled with the determination and commitment of the faculty and staff of the University, this desire has come to fruition, and we are truly grateful,” said Ambassador Huggins.

Ambassador Huggins challenged the students to make the most of their time in Taiwan, noting:

“Today, September 19, a day when our beloved Federation gained its independence 28 years ago, I invite you to grasp this precious opportunity with both hands, so that at the successful completion of these courses you will not only reflect on your time here with a sense of accomplishment but upon your return to the Federation, you will be able to contribute positively to the efforts of nation building.”

President of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan, Dr. Jimmy Yung welcomed the 16 students.

Dr. Yung expressed his pleasure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (MOFA) had worked closely with his staff to fulfill the wished expressed by Prime Minister Douglas during his visit to Taiwan in early 2011.

His Excellency Mr. Mark Liao, Director-General in Taiwan’s Department of Caribbean and Latin America Affairs, who also attended the ceremony, challenged the students to remember the letters CIA. Concentration, Industry and Attitude, all attributes necessary for success.

Following the ceremony, a luncheon was held in honor of the students and Ambassador Huggins used the opportunity to propose a toast to the Independence of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Also attending the ceremony was Vice President of the University Chiang- Tung Pan, Dean of the College of Continuing Education Ms. Liu, Wie-Chun and other members of the faculty and staff of the University.

The students are scheduled to return to the Federation at the completion of the classes in mid-December.

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