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Pakistan, China agree to enhance ties in education sector

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have agreed to further enhance existing relations in the education sector.

This agreement was made between Federal Minister for National Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman and Minister of Education, China, Chen Basheng in a meeting on the sidelines of the 39th session of UNESCO General Conference in Paris.

Both the ministers have agreed to increase collaboration in the field of education, a press release received here from Paris said. They also highlighted the importance of students and faculties exchanges to further consolidate the economic, social and cultural ties between the two countries.

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The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of Pakistan and Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO Moin ul Haque and Chinese Ambassador to France Yang Shen and other members of the two delegations.

Pakistan’s Minister for National Education sought Chinese collaboration and cooperation for focused educational and training programme to impart specific and need-based training to the Pakistani students with a view to cater to the emerging requirements for the trained human resource for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in Pakistan.

Baligh ur Rehman appreciated opening of five Confucius centres by the Chinese government in Pakistan to cater to the growing interest amongst the youth of Pakistan to learn the Chinese language.

He also sought the Chinese government’s support for attractive special packages for the Pakistani students who are increasingly seeking admissions in the public and private Chinese universities.

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Both sides expressed satisfaction over the existing level of cooperation between China and Pakistan in multilateral institutions like UNESCO for jointly contributing to the global agenda for peace and development.

Earlier, the federal minister of education attended the opening session of the 39th Session of UNESCO General Conference.

The minister is leading the Pakistani delegation in the ongoing 39th Session of UNESCO General Conference.

During his stay, he will deliver the country statement in the conference and will hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Denmark, Malaysia, Norway and Turkey. He will also hold meetings with the outgoing and incoming director generals of UNESCO.



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