China, Pakistan build closer educational ties
Updated: 2017-08-25

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Shanghai University hosts a forum to strengthen educational ties between China and Pakistan on Aug 21. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

A recent forum initiated by Shanghai University has strengthened educational ties between China and Pakistan.

The forum, which was held on the university's campus on Aug 21, involved three education officials from the Pakistani province of Khyber and 10 representatives from six Chinese universities.

Gong Siyi, vice-president of Shanghai University, briefed the attendees about the school's exchanges and cooperation with Pakistan in higher education.

She said she looked forward to deeper ties between the two sides under the Belt and Road Initiative, and proposed a variety of ideas concerning win-win and multilateral cooperation.

The attendees also discussed several topics, such as scholarship settings, cooperative training projects, university-industry cooperation, and occupational guidance for Pakistani graduates when returning home.

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Gong Siyi (right), vice-president of Shanghai University, presents a gift to education officials from the Pakistani province of Khyber on Aug 21. [Photo from WeChat account SHU-ISU]

The forum was fruitful, as various initial intentions for cooperation were established. One project proposed by Shanghai University to jointly support Pakistani undergraduates and postgraduates gained the interest of Pakistani officials.

Shanghai University has enjoyed a friendly relationship with Pakistan in recent years, with more than 120 Pakistani students graduating from the school.

Aside from receiving excellent Pakistani students, the school decided to take its educational advantages abroad. For example, the Karachi Business School, which is the university's first overseas educational branch, will start recruiting students in 2018.

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