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IPDS and MYU sign MOU to establish Center for SCO Studies

By Muhammad Asif Noor | Gwadar Pro Jan 6, 2022

Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muslim Youth University (MYU) for collaboration on skills development in diverse fields, jointly establishing the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Studies, Chinese Language Initiative and creating academic excellence in areas of mutual interest.

IPDS and MYU sign MOU to establish Center for SCO Studies

Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) signing MoU with Muslim Youth University (MYU) [Photo provided by author]

The two sides will strive to boost research and academic exchanges to facilitate collaboration between the academic social sciences faculties of the two institutes. It will enable the two sides to create a lucrative environment for education and research exchange at national and international levels.

Moreover, the Center will inculcate cooperation in knowledge sharing, research-and-development, and capacity building in domains of Social Sciences, International Relations (IR), and Diplomacy to benefit both organizations. 

Launched in 2017, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Studies Centre is an initiative of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies. The Center was established when Pakistan assumed full membership of SCO with the purpose of promoting the “Shanghai Spirit” – the core value of SCO featuring mutual trust, respect, equality, respect for diverse civilizations, and pursuit for shared development along with prosperity through research, education, dialogue, and training. 

SCO Studies Centre is nurturing the core values of PSCOFF (Pakistan Shanghai Cooperation Organization Friendship Forum) by exploring deep-rooted linkages within the SCO member countries and benefiting Pakistan and its citizens through “Connecting People and Providing Opportunities”. SCO Studies Centre also provides research, advocacy, education and trainings, and consultancy services for diverse groups of communities from across the region and in Pakistan.

In that regard, IPDS has also arranged diploma and certificate courses at the center along with publishing books and monographs. MYU is a federally chartered university in Islamabad. It aims to prepare enterprising individuals for the socio-economic growth of society. The university works with the vision of undertaking meaningful research, education, and innovation for an inclusive society.

Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS), established in June 2014, is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit Think and Do Tank for research, advocacy, and public diplomacy. The aim of IPDS is to impart strength to Pakistan’s efficacious role in global diplomacy through creative research, dialogues series, education modules, effectual advocacy, consultancy services, well-built & knitted public diplomacy initiatives, and engagements in diplomacy.

The MoU between the two institutions was signed by the Founder President Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, Farhat Asif, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Muslim Youth University Dr. Hassan Wasim. The Director of IPDS, Muhammad Asif Noor and Registrar of MYU was also present on the occasion.

Muhammad Asif Noor, the writer is Founder Director- Center for BRI and China Studies and Founder Friends of BRI Forum- Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies.

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