On March 4th, 2021, China Study Center, COMSATS University Islamabad Campus organized a webinar entitled “Chinese Language Learning and Opportunities under CPEC”. Participants such as: H.E Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor in the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Pakistan, and Director Cultural Center in Pakistan, Prof Dr. Muhammad Abid, Dean Faculty of Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad Campus, Prof. Cai Jinbao, Professor of Jiangxi University of Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China. Director of Confucius Institute University of Punjab, Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat) from NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan, Mr. Yang Jiandu, CEO Power China in Pakistan, Ms. Naz Perveen, Director of China Window, Peshawar and Ms. Rashida Mustafa, Lecturer Chinese Department NUML, Islamabad expressed their thoughts and shared ideas from their concerned domains.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid started proceedings of online seminar with welcoming all the participants and dignitaries on behalf of COMSATS University, Islamabad. In his welcome address he also gave detailed analysis of some of the important statistics about number of Pakistani students learning Chinese, those who have completed their degrees in China and also number of currently Pakistani students enrolled in Chinese Universities. He also shared potential benefits in the huge market place for those who are learning Chinese language in Pakistan.
H.E Zhang Heqing, throw light on the emerging trend and importance of Mandarin language and how culture and language are interconnected. He shared brief history of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the joint bilateral project between both iron brothers, Pakistan and China. He shared the magnitude of the CPEC through financial lens, the details of completed projects in CPEC, the enormous job opportunities that has been created for Pakistani Youth. He mentioned that CPEC is thriving and making significant impact in different spheres of development, be it energy projects or connectivity and transportation projects. He mentioned that China has become Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the recent consecutive years. He shared the CPEC benefits to Pakistan are not limited to economic sector but also boosting collaboration in other sectors such as Science & Technology, Education, Sports, and tourism as such it is creating spillover effect of growth and synergy between all sectors. Highlighting the importance of learning Chinese language he shared that those who understand Chinese language and Chinese culture are accommodated in large pool of available industries through CPEC projects. Students who have cleared HSK3 level Chinese proficiency are also getting preferential treatment in admissions in Chinese Universities. He further mentioned that more than 20,000/- students in Pakistan are learning Chinese Language in mainly Confucius Institutes in Pakistan, which shows the overall trend and interest of Pakistani people in learning chinese language and culture.
Prof. Cai Jinbao, talked about the role of Confucius institutes in Pakistan and the training they are extending to Pakistani students in learning chinese language and culture. He mentioned that those learning chinese language are also applying to Chinese Government scholarship in China. According to the stats shared by him in 2018 China was the third favored destination of Pakistani students for studying abroad and more than 28000/- students went to China for studying in Chinese Universities.
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, highlighted the importance of Chinese language with regard to CPEC. He further shared the status of learning Chinese language in Pakistan and thoroughly
discussed the methods of learning chinese language and elaborated how easy is learning Chinese language when it comes to comparison with English. He also mentioned that demand of Chinese language experts is growing day by day in Pakistan and so are the employability chances of those who are learning Chinese language.
Mr. Yang Jiandu, CEO Power China in Pakistan, through his practical ground experience shared how BRI and CPEC have a huge impact on their and others lifestyles. Number of employees in their company who are not Chinese but are well versed are considered like them and given opportunities equally. He also offered COMSATS students internships and jobs, if they learn Chinese language and can speak and gel well amongst them. Ms. Rashida Mustafa, with a huge experience of Chinese language teaching from 21 years guided the students and pondered on the importance especially in Baluchistan and Gawadar these days. Ms. Naz Parveen from China window Peshawar introduced her niche and their contribution and humble role in this way to this progress. In the end Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, In charge China Study Center, COMSATS University Islamabad Campus, concluded the session with vote of thanks to all the participants on a very polite and a good note.