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China, April 01, 2016
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and South-Central University for Nationalities (SCUN), Wuhan, China, on the 1st of April 2016. The MoU signing ceremony took place in academic exchange center and hosted by Prof. Shizhong Wang, Director of International Affairs Office, SCUN, China.

Prof. Dr. Jinlin Li (President, SCUN) and Dr. Abdul Waheed (Director CIIT, Sahiwal) signed the agreement. Under the agreement, COMSATS and SCUN have agreed to undertake joint research projects, exchange of scientific, technical and other relevant information through mutually agreed channels; exchange of students, researchers, faculty, staff and experts; organization of joint events (conferences, workshops and symposia and meetings); transfer of technology; and planning and execution of academic activities.

Before MOU signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Jinlin Li formally welcomed Dr. Waheed and his delegation to SCUN. He introduced his university and highlighted different achievements and activities. SCUN is one of the six leading educational institutes in China for ethnic groups. SCUN is committed to innovation in higher education and thus has achieved a rapid and comprehensive development. Currently, SCUN have signed 46 collaboration agreements for exchange with different developed and developing countries. He further stated that China and Pakistan are old trusted friends. The “One Belt, One Road” initiative and China-Pak Economic Corridor are the good example of bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership to a more comprehensive framework.

In his speech at the occasion, Dr. Abdul Waheed noted with pleasure the excellent facilities that SCUN has at its various departments. He expressed confidence that China-Pak Economic Corridor will defiantly help Pakistan to become the hub of regional economic integration. The COMSATS-SCUN MoU will help to strengthen the relationship between the two universities. He further introduced COMSATS and gave a snapshot of the milestones reached by the university in a small period of just over 15 years. He noted that from just one campus in the year 2000, CIIT has exponentially grown and now have seven fully functional campuses in different cities, as well as a virtual campus in Islamabad, giving the university the envisioned national character.

It was informed that the university now has 18 departments, 10 research centers, and offers 96 academic programmes, with faculty and student strengths nearing 3,118 and 35,971, respectively. About its ranking, he informed that the university is among the top ten higher education institutions of the country by any standards, and aims at being one of the top 500 universities from around the world by 2020. Dr. Waheed also introduced Pak-China Business Forum, a regular activity arranged by CIIT for last four years, is intended to provide a platform to Pakistani and Chinese businessmen and entrepreneurs to explore opportunities for business, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and technology transfer. It was informed that during the most recent annual event under the Forum, 200 Chinese companies participated and 70 MoUs were signed between Pakistani and Chinese businessmen. Dr. Waheed also invited Dr. Li to participate this event in the next year.

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