Shenzhen University (SZU) of China has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to offer fully-funded scholarships to Pakistani students.
The said scholarships include doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. The MoU will also ensure faculty and student exchange for joint research.
HEC Chairman Dr. Tarqi Banuri and SZU President Professor Li Qingquan signed the MoU at the commission’s secretariat. The MoU also provides for the establishment of the institutional linkages between Pakistani universities and SZU.
The HEC chairman thanked the university for providing opportunities to Pakistani students for pursuing doctoral and post-doctoral studies in China.
“We wish to further strengthen this relationship, particularly in the context of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” said Dr. Banuri.
“Since different special economic zones are planned to be established in Pakistan under CPEC, we would like to learn from SZU’s experience as to how it became instrumental for the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone,” he added.
Prof Qingquan said that SZU has a relatively short history of 40 years. However, it has swiftly evolved during this time with over 34,000 students including over 1,500 international students and 5,500 international students. Moreover, it has managed to take a place in global university rankings.
“Our university is located in a newly-built special economic zone and has achieved the status of the fastest-rising university in China and abroad,” he said.
The Chinese professor also revealed that 76 Pakistani students are studying in SZU. He expressed hope that his recent visit will get a more young and talented pool of Pakistani scholars in the university.