ISLAMABAD: A six-member delegation of the Open University of China here on Tuesday visited Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and discussed bilateral arrangements to set up a Chinese language and Culture Center and undertake a web-based teaching program.
The two-sides decided to improve and expand their quality education through distance learning system by sharing each other academic experience and expertise, in line with the MoU they signed two years back.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui briefed the delegation about their collaborative partnership programs, being carried out with international Universities particularly those from China. The AIOU he said will soon be setting up a Chinese Culture and Language Center at its main campus with the partnership of Confucius Institute of China.
This, he said will be an education response to China-Pak economic corridor (CPEC) developing human-manpower, well-versed with Chinese language and Culture. AIOU is also looking forward to seek Chinese academic and administrative support in strengthening its in-Campus management and establishment a strong administrative and financial system.
They could also collaborate in updating and modernizing their libraries, FM and Web-page TV network and provision of online education system.
The leader of the delegation, the University Vice President Pro. Shaogang Zhang in his remarks expressed his resolve to make their partnership more effective in upgrading online and web-based education system. He spoke about the importance of Chinese language and greater cooperation between the two countries in education and culture sector in order to make their ongoing socio-economic collaborative partnership successful.
There are around 135 countries in the World which are working for the teaching of Chinese language. The two Universities started their journey of bilateral cooperation two years back and now they are trying to make it result-oriented and productive one for the benefit of their students. Improving their online teaching will be a milestone in their two-way cooperation, he added.
Welcoming the delegation, Registrar AIOU Dr. Muhammad Naeem Qureshi said they are excited in consolidating their partnership, in view of the two-countries’ most inspiring socio-economic engagement under the CPEC.
Earlier, Incharge international collaboration exchange office Zahid Majeed gave a presentation on the University’s working charter and its recent academic initiatives and achievements.
The Chinese delegation including Executive Deputy Director Chinese Language Center Yang Yongbo visited various departments of the University and appreciated its rich infrastructure network .