The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has yielded great success in recent past and according to analysts, it will continue to improve Pakistan’s economy and the ties with China.
CPEC partnership has helped Pakistan in various sectors; from road establishment to providing airport equipment and from construction of Gwadar to establishing navy taskforce.
Speaking of education sector, Pakistan’s Attache to China, Navid Hassan Khan, said that the numbers of scholarships for Pakistani students has been increased to 600 a year by the Chinese Government.
Navid Hassan added that the scholarships have been increased from 200 and the rest of the 400 scholarships are awarded through the universities, as opposed to government.
Reflecting upon the vast number of Pakistani students studying in China, he said that a total of 15,652 Pakistani students are studying in various universities of China. Out of the total, around 18 percent of the students are funded by the Chinese government.
He also added that around 1000 students are also being facilitated in China on other scholarship programs of the universities.
The Chinese Ambassador, Sun Weidong said:
“It is my pleasure to learn that students here [in China] are from all over Pakistan, and not just the big cities like the capital.”
The CPEC scholarship program has opened a gate for opportunity for a lot of students, according to Navid.
The various fields in which Pakistani students (on scholarship and self-financed) are enrolled include:
- Computer Science and Technology.
- Broadcasting Communication.
- Business Administration.
- International Law.
- Civil Engineering.
Navid Hassan also added that students are enrolled in bachelors, masters and Ph.D programs as well as in other advanced training programs.