Faisalabad: Two Pakistani and Chinese educational institutions this week launched a Sino-Pak dual diploma programme here.
Bailie Vocational College China and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) launched the dual diploma programme in Modern Agriculture Technology in collaboration with Tang International Education Group in which students will spend two years at UAF and one year in China.
In his speech at the event, Bailie Vocational College China President Peng Dongjun said that it is a hallmark step for the mutual learning of the students.
He stressed that the students are required to learn the Chinese language for three years to study in China. He added that the programme will equip the students with modern knowledge in agriculture and work for agricultural development. “The college offers 16 majors and they encourage the international students also,” he underscored.
Speaking on the occasion, UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that this initiative will help the students to learn from the Chinese experiences in order to combat the agriculture challenges. He mentioned that it was a market-driven program based on agricultural technology and business with the help of mutual and experiential learning.
He informed that UAF also houses the Chinese language and cultural centre Confucius Institute that had trained many students in the Chinese language and it is helping to strengthen people-to-people communication.
Principal Community College Dr Anjum Zia told the audience that 40 students were enrolled in the first batch of the dual diploma programme.
He added that Pakistan and China are enjoying excellent relations and the programme will help further foster people-to-people communication. He said that UAF was taking all possible measures to develop skills and fight the agricultural challenges.
President Tang Pakistan Max Ma on the occasion said that Pakistan and China have deep relations and such a programmewill further strengthen them.
The launching ceremony was chaired by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while Bailie Vocational College China President Peng Dongjun, secretary of the College party committee Yang Cheng, President Tang Pakistan Ma Xiaoyan, CIO Zalmi Foundation Cedric Aimal Edvin, Principal Community College Dr Anjum Zia and other notables attended.
Bailie Vocational College is originated from Bailie Technical School, the cradle of Chinese vocational education. It signed agreement with UAF and Tang International Education Group last year to provide Pakistani students with high quality, customized vocational training on modern agriculture technology via CCTE model Sino Pak Dual Diploma Program.