Islamabad: An online international conference on the topic “Pak-Sino Partnership: Prospects and Challenges in Higher Education Collaboration” was held here on Thursday afternoon,
Bahria University Islamabad organised the online international conference.
The objective of the conference was to provide Pakistani and Chinese academicians and practitioners a platform to present their knowledge and experience regarding potential areas of academic partnership between China and Pakistan.
The conference is focusing on various themes highlighting different modes of academic collaboration including Pak-Sino bilateral research partnership, short term exchange and split programmes, scholarships, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and cross border industry-academia linkages and commercialisation of applied research through Business Innovation Center and Science and Technology Parks.
It will further help identify challenges likely to be faced in higher education collaboration and the strategy to transform these into opportunities.
The speakers highlighted that higher education is considered as a key towards developing required human resource with the skills which can contribute towards the development of any region.
This can be achieved through dissemination and conception of advance knowledge through strong focus on research and analysis. Keeping same in view, collaboration between Pakistan and China has always encompassed elements that support academic ties between the two countries.
This enables development of the capabilities, in a partnership model, to meet the emerging challenges and to come up with advance technologies and skills that can support joint projects between the two countries, including CPEC.
The conference on Pak-Sino partnership is a three-day event with several national and international speakers sharing their experiences and research.
Opening ceremony of the conference was held at Bahria University Islamabad campus in a hybrid mode.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan was the chief guest of the ceremony. Several dignitaries including Masood Khan, former President Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and former Ambassador of Pakistan (guest of honour), Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong and Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque also joined the session as keynote speakers.