May 17th, President Xi Jinping replied to the letter from all Pakistani students studying in the University of Science and Technology Beijing. On the afternoon of 18th, Pakistani students at Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) held a discussion on the letter. Before the discussion, Chancellor CHEN Ligen and Vice President HU Feng also expressed their concern for the activity and expected that Pakistani students would make contributions to deepen the exchange and cooperation in education between China and Pakistan. The discussion was chaired by Dr. HAN Jiqin, Dean of the College of International Education.
During the discussion, Mr. Ali Niaz, PhD student from the College of Grassland Science said, “after the outbreak of the coronavirus, NAU has stipulated the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Plan for international students, providing guidance on prevention of the virus. To ensure the safety and health of international students, NAU leadership has visited the international student apartment for several times to examine the implementation of the Plan.
Ms. Ahmad Ramala Masood, PhD student from the College of Agriculture expressed her wish to establish a Confucius Institute in Pakistan with NAU, providing more opportunities for young Pakistanis to learn Chinese language and culture, thus promoting the understanding and cooperation between the people of China and Pakistan.
Mr. Zia-Ul-Haqmumuhammad, PhD student from the College of Life Sciences said, “The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor is a key project to build a community with a shared future for mankind. Within the framework, a collection of infrastructure projects are under construction throughout Pakistan, including projects of information agriculture, store and dispatching of agricultural equipment, agricultural mechanization, machine rent demonstration and chemical fertilizer production.” He expressed that he would cherish the opportunity to study in China and learn the advanced agricultural technology, contributing to China-Pakistan cooperation in agriculture. Meanwhile, he was hoping that the Chinese government would increase investment in agriculture and agricultural technology in Pakistan and enhance the bilateral cooperation in these areas.
Mr. Sherali, PhD student from the College of Economics and Management expressed his thoughts and feelings with a poem, in which he praises the brave and diligent Chinese people and the prosperous Chinese society. He would bring what he saw and heard in China to Pakistan and share with more young Pakistanis.
After learning the letter, Pakistani students who couldn’t return to China due to the pandemic, also exchanged their thoughts via Weichat group discussion. They all expressed their gratitude to President Xi for his concern for all Pakistani students and would cherish the opportunity to study in Chinaand become an envoy of exchange in education and culture between the two countries.
Currently, NAU accommodates 160 international students from Pakistan, including 138 PhD students and 22 master students studying in 13 colleges.