Pak-China friendship: Summer camps aim to cement diplomatic ties

Student exchange programmes to promote cultural understanding.

Obaid Abbasi June 11, 2011


The opening ceremony of the Chinese Bridge and Academy Summer Camp were held at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Friday.

The ceremony was organised by the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in collaboration with the Islamabad Confucius Institute (ICI) to introduce the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp & Academy Camp, being held on June 15 and 30 respectively. Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian was the chief guest on the occasion.

NUML Rector Prof Dr Aziz Ahmad Khan, Chinese Cultural Counsellor Yang Lin Hi and NUML Confucius Institute Director Dr Ge Lisheng were also present.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is a Pak-China project in which 100 students from Pakistan will be departing for Shan Dong University on June 15. The students selected are from Confucius Institute Islamabad, Global System of Integrated Studies, Aitchison College, Foundation School, Roots School System, City School, Modern Language School and College and Pakistan Scouts Cadet College.

The Academy Summer Camp is being held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. About 50 students from the Chinese Language Department and Islamabad Confucius Institute (ICI) will depart on June 30 for the Beijing Language and Culture University.

Ambassador Liu lauded the fluency of Pakistani students in the Chinese language and was glad to see the awareness NUML’s students had on Chinese culture. The ambassador congratulated the students and teachers of NUML who were selected for the summer camp. He said, “The trip will provide students with an opportunity to sharpen their communication and language skills, which would be another step toward cementing Pak-China friendship.”

The ambassador said that apart from developing an understanding on cultural and educational levels, this exchange would stimulate a spiritual relationship and promote bilateral ties and strategic political interests between both countries.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2011.


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