On May, 26, the unveiling ceremony of Confucius Institute at University of the Punjab (CIPU), with the co-sponsor of JXUST, was held. Vice President Mr. Wang Qishan, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Ahmed Khan, as well as Chair of JXUST Council Mr. Luo Sihai attended the ceremony. Mr. Luo Sihai started his visit to Pakistan with his entourage Director Academic Administration Mr. Zhang Shuiping.
During Mr. Luo’s stay in Pakistan, he paid an office call on Culture Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Mr. Zhang Heqing to whom Mr. Luo Sihai extended sincere thanks for the support in the establishment of CIPU.
Besides, Mr. Luo Sihai was showed around the headquarter of China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited (CTCSAIL) whose member Mr. Yang Yu detailed the scholarship program to sponsor students taking part in JXUST-PU joint BA program of Electrical Engineering and proposed some advice on the program. As the first exchange student program in Jiangxi province, the program aims at university-CI-enterprise cooperation to serve the Belt and Road Initiative, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and to improve education quality of the local youth. During Mr. Luo’s tour of inspection in the company, he emphasized that plans to train students should be made according to local conditions and that more attention should be given to teaching and practicing.
In addition, Mr. Luo Sihai engaged in talks with PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Niaz Ahmad, Director External Linkages Prof Dr. Kanwal Ameen and deans of all faculties. In the course of the meeting, the attendees agreed on the following pertaining to collaboration between JXUST and PU. First, the number of Chinese lecturers delegated to teach in PU should be increased to enhance the development of CIPU. Both good working and living conditions should be offered to the Chinese teachers. Second, both universities called for extended research and academic cooperation in various disciplines. And CTGSAIL scholarship for the degree of B.Sc. majoring in Electrical Engineering should be made best use of. Besides, other scholarship programs should be established to support potential exchange student programs. Also, cooperation in training students majoring in Chinese Teaching was encouraged. Third, JXUST and PU had a desire for frequent exchange programs for students and teachers between the two universities.
At last, Mr. Luo Sihai expressed his concerns about Chinese teachers working in CIPU and encouraged them to make greater contributions to cultural exchanges between China and Pakistan.