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Obaid Abrar Khan
June 5, 2017

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AIOU to set up Chinese Language Centre in Gwadar

AIOU to set up Chinese Language Centre in Gwadar

Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will soon set up a Chinese Language and Culture Centre in Gwadar in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC).

A feasibility report to this effect is being prepared to establish the center at the earliest. It will be an educational response to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.

A Letter of intent has already been signed by the two sides to establish China’s Confucius Centre here at the AIOU’s main Campus. The Gwadar’s centre will be first step forward to this direction to teach and popularize Chinese language in Pakistan.

Chinese language is going to play a key role in the region, promoting people-to-people contacts, due to the One Belt one Road’s initiative and the importance of CPEC. There is need to develop educational corridor as well to supplement CPEC through the language’s connectivity, the VC added.

Language, literature and cultural influence the mind of the people and are used as a tool to promote harmony and collective well-being of the people, that is the essence of One Belt One Road’s initiative of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, the VC added.

The proposed Language Centre has been found viable, since the local community as well as the Pakistani manpower, engaged in CPEC have shown keen interest in its establishment.

As per the mutual agreement, BIGC will set up Chinese and the Urdu learning Centre at their respective institution in Beijing as well. The two sides will also start joint academic programs particularly in the field of teachers’ training and the printing technology that is commonly used by the educational institutions to meet their academic needs.

Both BIGC and AIOU have decided to start operating Confucius Institute from Gawadar and then further in Islamabad and other parts of the country like Gilgit, Skardu and Hunza.In this scenario AIOU has conducted a need-assessment study to check the demand and need of Chinese Language and Culture among the local community in Gwadar. The response from students, teachers, workers and business community is highly encouraging.

Dr. Zahid Majeed, Focal Person of the project from AIOU visited Gwadar early this week and met all the stakeholders, who assured their support in undertaking the project.According to the Vice Chancellor, all possible efforts will be made to start the centre as soon as possible with the support of the University’s regional office, local community and local administration, including the Gwadar Development Authority.

The Chinese side will be given the update for taking necessary steps at their end. the decades’ old and deep-rooted Sino-Pakistan friendship, AIOU wished to advance the Chinese language taking advantage of its location, its largest scale and widest coverage of students.

It was noted that due to communication barrier, seeking jobs in some specific areas of CPEC’s related projects are also difficult, so by offering Chinese courses the University will provide an opportunity for the employments to work with the Chinese partners.

In the beginning, premise of a local educational institution at Gwadar is likely to be used for this purpose. So far there is no formal Chinese Language centre for the community. One private centre is working but they are charging fee from them people. Whereas, the AIOU and BIGC will offer courses almost free of cost.

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