Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Yunnan Open University (YOU), China for the promotion of higher education, particularly in the field of science and technology.
The document was signed by AIOU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Ali Asghar Chishti and YOU President Xu Bin, said a press release.
The cooperation between the two-sides will cover joint research activities, joint teaching, the development of new degrees and training programmes, delivery of programmes for professional and exploration of possibility of video conferencing for the delivery of courses and development of academic programmes in areas of common interest.
The document will also pave the way for the exchange of staff and graduate students for research teaching and discussions and development of student and learning management systems.
Under the pact, the two sides will also explore research opportunities and industry-focused training for their students.
Prof Xu said China attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan and hoped that the document signed between the two universities will go a long way in fostering cooperation in the educational sector. He said they wish to set up a Chinese Language Center at AIOU, assuring that they will provide faculty and technical support for this. “China gave dominant position to Pakistan in developing of socioeconomic partnership due to their decades-long close relationship,” he added.
Chishti said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government wished to develop maximum cooperation between the two countries in all fields of mutual interest, particularly education. AIOU has a strong printing setup at its main campus and they will consider starting three-to-six month certificate-level online and offline courses in printing, which could benefit from the experience and expertise of YOU.
This is a second document that was signed between AIOU and a Chinese varsity for the promotion of education through joint efforts. Earlier, similar arrangements were made with Sichuan University.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2014.