ISLAMABAD -- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Shenzhen University (SZU), China and Higher Education Commission at HEC Secretariat on Thursday. Prof. Li Qingquan, President, Shenzhen University and Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC signed the agreement.
The two sides will deliberate on award of fully funded SZU scholarships for Pakistani students at split PhD, doctoral and post-doctoral levels, joint research initiatives, faculty and student exchanges, establishing institutional linkages between SZU and Pakistani universities and latest status of SZU to become a member of Consortium established under the umbrella of Chinese Association of Higher Education and HEC Pakistan.
Welcoming the delegation, Dr. Banuri appreciated SZU for providing opportunities to Pakistani students to pursue doctoral and post-doctoral studies. He said that China is one of Pakistan's leading partners in development of higher education and that "we wish to further strengthen this relationship, particularly in the context of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Since different special economic zones are planned to be established in Pakistan under CPEC, we would like to learn from SZU experience as how it became instrumental for Shenzhen Special Economic Zone."
The Chairman also informed the delegation about transnational education policy of HEC in which foreign universities are welcome to start their campuses and sub-campuses in Pakistan and Pakistani universities are also encouraged to start their operations in foreign countries.
He also mentioned the key functions of HEC including promotion and financing of research in higher education institutions, maintaining standards and building capacities. He emphasized that the key challenge and focus of HEC is to enhance and ensure quality of higher education and research.
Prof. Qingquan expressed his gratitude to HEC for inviting them to Pakistan for discussion on collaboration with Pakistani universities. He said though SZU has a short history of 40 years but it has developed swiftly in these years and has been emerging in world university rankings. He said that our University is situated in a newly built special economic zone and has achieved the status of fastest rising university in China and abroad.
"Among other things, we have also focused on internationalization of our University...