The technological journey of Pakistani young scholars in ZheJiang

A group of young Pakistani scholars were invited to participate in a study tour in Zhejiang province. In order to deepen the bilateral conversation, the China-Pakistan Science Communication Seminar & Zhejiang Tour of Pakistani Young Scholars Closing Ceremony was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang on 24th July.

The trip was initiated by China Centre for International Science and Technology Exchange (CISTE), Zhejiang Association for Science and Technology (ZAST), jointly supported by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Pakistan Science and Technology Information Center (PSTIC). Hussain Haider, Consulate General of Pakistani Consul General to Shanghai, and leaders of Chinese relevant units attended the seminar.

14 Pakistani young scholars from top universities and institutions in China such as China Academy of Science (CAS), Tsinghua University (THU), Peking University (PKU), University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) were invited.

During the journey, the group was invited to visit several important technological pilots, including the National Wetland Museum of China, Second Institute of Oceanography (Ministry of Natural Resources), Hangzhou Low Carbon Technology Museum, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage (GIAHS), and so on. In addition, they also attended a high-scale talent recommendation fair and 2 seminars to discuss core issues of technological communication.

All the Pakistani scholars said that this trip is of great significance to young talents exchange between China and Pakistan. Kamran Amin, Post Doc Fellow at National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, CAS, said: “We see that science can really change the world. The technological exchanges under CPEC are very inspiring for young people in both countries, which makes us more willing to engage in scientific research.”

He also cited data to introduce the situation of mutual scientific communication. Currently, about 30,000 Pakistani students are studying in China, and the Chinese government has provided more than 5,000 scholarships for them. ANSO, China’s highest doctoral scholarship, was awarded to 138 Pakistani students out of 300 in total. “This further shows that China attaches great importance to Pakistan’s scientific development and bilateral cooperation,” he said.

Irfan Hussain, PhD Student of USTB, said: “Technological exchanges between the two countries have benefited a lot of Pakistani students, and provided us with scientific training. China has always supported and concerned overseas students, especially those from Pakistan. I’m privileged to spend time with great scientists and researchers, and discuss global scientific challenges and solutions. I thank the Zhejiang government for arranging such an astonishing activity and the visit of historical places.”