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ACADEMIC COLLABORATION UNDER CPEC CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES

ACADEMIC COLLABORATION UNDER CPEC CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES

An online meeting under the auspices of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) was held (1430 to 1700 Hours) on 15th January 2021 through Microsoft Teams platform. The meeting started with the opening remarks by Lt. Gen. (r) Muhammad Asghar, Consultant CPEC, Member (Operations and Technology) HEC on collaboration between Chinese and Pakistani Universities under the umbrella of CPEC Consortium of China & Pakistan Universities. Then Dr. Safdar Ali Shah, Director General CPEC Cell at HEC, gave his presentation on Joint Research, Talent Cultivation and Training, Post-doc Trainings, Study Abroad (for six months) Short Trainings in China, Dual/ Joint Degree Programs, Conferences/Seminars/Workshops, Establishment of Six China Study Centers and many other important points related to the collaboration between China and Pakistan Universities. A large number of Vice Chancellors, Directors China Study Centers, and field experts have given their suggestions for strengthening cooperation between the Universities of the two countries. Prof. Dr. Zahid Anwar, Director China Study Center, University of Peshawar in his speech suggested that China should be included in the HEC list of industrially advanced countries so that PhD theses of scholars should be sent for evaluation to China also this will strengthen ties among Universities, scholars and faculty of the two countries. And HEC should provide an accepted model format of MOU for Pakistani Universities so that precious time of Universities is not wasted in getting NOC from many ministries and institutions.  Lt. Gen. (r) Muhammad Asghar appreciated the idea that will facilitate collaboration between China and Pakistani Universities. In the end Lt. Gen. (r) Muhammad Asghar thanked all the participants for their suggestions and participation in the meeting.