IIU, Chinese varsity to exchange researchers
ISLAMABAD, May 3(Dawn): The International Islamic University (IIU) will
establish a separate department for learning Chinese, under a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) it signed with the Ningxia Academy of Social Sciences of
China, here on Wednesday.
The MoU was signed by Dr Anwar Hussain
Siddiqui, president, IIU, and Lei Xingkui, deputy president, Ningxia Academy of
Social Sciences, China, who is currently visiting Pakistan as head of a
six-member delegation of the Academy, said an official statement.
sets basic principles for academic cooperation between the two higher
According to the MoU, the Chinese academy will
send researchers to learn Arabic, English, Islamic Culture and other subjects at
the IIU each year and will bear their travelling and lodging
Similarly, the IIU will send its faculty members to China for
research, learning the Chinese language and assimilating its culture.
IIU will also allow the Chinese academy to reprint selected Arabic articles,
published in its annual journal.
Both varsities have also agreed to
foster cooperation in fields of economic research. This will also help IIU's
Dawah Academy to publish its work in Chinese for preaching the message of
The Chinese delegation informed the IIU about the objectives and
achievements of the Ningxia Academy. Chinese academic institutions give equal
importance to social sciences as well as basic and applied sciences and have a
significant say in the high-level decision making, they said.
said the IIU started its academic programmes with social sciences about 25 years
ago and has established a full time faculty for this.
members were also present on the occasion. Both sides exchanged publications and
souvenirs at the end of the briefing.
Later, the delegation visited the
Islamic Research Institute, Dawah Academy and the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic
Members of the delegation included Lei Xiaojing, Ma Jingao, Vice
Directors, Wu Jianwei, Professor, Wang Genming and Mai Jenji, Translator of the
Ningxia Academy of Social Sciences, China.