GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan’s Karakoram International University (KIU) and China’s University of Kashgar signed an agreement on Sunday to increase cooperation in educational activities.
The signing ceremony was held at KIU and was overseen by a delegation comprising 11 Chinese officials. KIU’s acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Arifun Nisa Naqvi and Dean of Kashgar University Chinese Languages Institute (KUCLI) signed the document
“The agreement will remain valid for next three years,” said the university’s spokesman Shahid Shigri. “Under the agreement both universities will exchange and share research work in addition to exchange visits for faculty,” Shigri told The Express Tribune.
KIU Registrar Abdul Hameed Lone briefed participants about the varsity where a Chinese language programme is already underway. The month-long course is part of a collaboration between the Confucius Institute Headquarters and KIU. It aims to teach locals Chinese language so that they can benefit from opportunities arising out of CPEC. Briefing the participants, Dean of Kashgar University Chinese Languages Institute said the varsity was nascent, with around 12,000 students studying there.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2016.