Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Dr Charles Dwamena, has encouraged Ghanaian students in Shenyang City of the Liaoning Province of China, to take full advantage of their status as international students to build and expand positive social networks with their colleagues from other countries whiles studying in China.

Addressing Ghanaian students from universities in the city during the 2018 Akwaboa Program for new students on the 1st of December, Dr Dwamena reiterated the need to expand one’s circle of friends to include positive thinking people from different cultures and backgrounds. ‘The networks you build today may become your most valuable social assets tomorrow and that you should take the fullest advantage of your unique status as international students to develop solid networks’, he said.

The Deputy Ambassador, who was the Special Guest of Honor of the occasion, also encouraged the students to fully participate in all extra - curricula activities in their various schools as these help in making them versatile.

He commended some Ghanaian students who have set up businesses to address specific challenges and challenged them to grow and expand their businesses beyond Shenyang city. He indicated that some of the greatest global giants were started whiles the founders were in school and that “the ability to find the delicate balance between academic work and extra-curricular activities is the blue print for success”.

He touched on the need to refrain from fraud, drug-related activities and illegal employment as a lot of the students have already fallen victims and have been deported by the Chinese authorities.

He urged the newly sworn in students to serve with integrity and discharge their duties to best of their abilities.

The immediate past Chapter President, Mr Ninson Kojo Amamfo, used the occasion to thank the student body for the massive support given him and his colleagues during their term in office. He urged them to do an even better job of supporting and cooperating with the new executive body for better outcomes.  On his part, the newly-sworn in President, Mr Okwampah Bernard, thanked the student body for the trust reposed in him and his colleague- executive to lead the student body for the next academic year and pledged to adopt a consensus- building approach in leading the student front in Shengyang City. The event, which was well attended, had over 150 Ghanaian students, mostly first year students, present.