Chinese students keen to learn Pakistani languages

CUC wants deeper cooperation in mass communication, translation and cross-culture studies

News Desk December 12, 2017
CUC wants deeper cooperation in mass communication, translation and cross-culture studies. PHOTO: FILE

As ties between Pakistan and China deepen in the wake of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) another Chinese university has expressed interest in joint programmes with local varsities.

The Communication University of China (CUC) is keen on joint programmes in various disciplines with the National University of Modern Languages (NUML).

Apart from language programmes, the Chinese varsity is interested in signing a Memorandum of Understanding with other departments at NUML including mass communication, translation and interpretation and cross-culture studies.

This was stated by the CUC Director Liang Yan while exchanging views with the NUML Director General Brigadier (retired) Muhammad Ibrahim in a meeting during his visit to NUML along with delegates on Monday.

The CUC director said that his varsity was eager to explore student exchange programmes to raise the standard of education in both countries. He added that his students were willing to learn local languages including Pashto, Balochi, Urdu and Punjabi to play a better role in the CPEC project.

NUML Director General Brig Ibrahim said that they too were interested in faculty and student exchange programmes, especially for the mass communication department. He suggested that they could help CUC and their students in teaching different regional and international languages.

NUML Registrar Brig (retired) Aminullah Khan brief the delegates about NUML and later the delegation visited different departments.

Acad Director Dr Zubair, Social Sciences Dean Dr Sufiana Khatoon Malik and others were also present on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2017.

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Atsul | 2 years ago | Reply | Recommend Most Pakistanis must be jumping with joy thinking foreigners are trying to learn their national language, No doubt this is something that should be be encouraged and cherished but at the same time I hope public can see beyond and long term negative impacts if we didn't took the same initiative. WAKE UP STUDENTS, PAKISTANI YOUTH and POLICYMAKERS. Why isn't Pakistan encouraging its students and young to learn Chinese languages. If Pakistanis didn't learn Chinese languages then there would be a huge inflow of outsiders qualifying and getting jobs in Pakistan, but if Pakistanis learn Chinese then this inflow can be turned into outflow which will allow highly capable Pakistanis to qualify and get employments in China and Chinese companies operating in Pakistan. Currently Pakistani students are wasting time and resources trying to learn useless languages like french etc which bring no benefit to them or the country. Pakistan government, higher education boards and Universities must wake up ASAP and start thinking on same terms, implement concrete plans to train and get Pakistani work force ready for the coming demand of bilingual professionals otherwise Pakistan once again will miss the opportunity to reap full benefits if they join the game too late.
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