Over 400 faculty, staff members of COMSATS University studying in China: Official

By Khalid Aziz | Gwadar Pro Oct 8, 2021

ISLAMABAD, Oct. 8 (Gwadar Pro) - COMSATS University, Islamabad is among the major recipients of China’s generous support to Pakistan in academic and applied research, as over 400 members of its administration and faculty are currently studying in top Chinese universities on grants and scholarships.

This was stated by Dr Tahir Mumtaz Awan, in charge of China Study Centre at COMSATS University, Islamabad inan interview with Gwadar pro.  

Dr Tahir said that the COMSATS University is also part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Consortium of Universities. COMSATS  University is also benefiting from China-Pakistan research collaboration under this platform, he said.

He said that research collaboration activities among the members of the Consortium were affected by COVID-19. However, as the 4th annual meeting of the Consortium is taking place online on October 15, it will once again boost research collaboration among varsities of the two countries, he said.

The Consortium is a joint initiative of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the China Association of Higher Education.

Under CPEC Consortium of Universities, the COMSATS University is giving final touches to a program to shortlist talented students and faculty for advance learning in China, Dr Tahir said. Also, HEC is processing proposals for the CPEC-Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) as parts of preparations for the 4th meeting of CPEC Consortium of Universities, he said.

Dr Tahir said that Pakistan needed Chinese support in fields like production industry, information and communication technology, agriculture, artificial intelligence and big data as well as policy making, planning and implementation of socio-economic development strategies.

Dr Tahir said that  research collaboration between the two Iron Brothers will further enhance as the situation of COVID-19 improves.

The COMSATS University is also working for promoting people-to-people and business-to-business relations between China and Pakistan and has also organised China-Pakistan Business Forums in the past. The China Study Centre is also striving to highlight China’s culture in Pakistan to create harmony between the two brotherly nations, he said. COMSATS University also has established a China Corner at the Centre for providing original resources and materials to those interested in studying China and it’s social, economic and political systems, he said.

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