China and Pakistan Form Digital Education Alliance
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China and Pakistan Form Digital Education Alliance

China and Pakistan Form Digital Education Alliance

In a groundbreaking move aimed at enhancing skills development, China and Pakistan have established a digital education alliance. This initiative, led by ITMC Technology Co, Ltd., UNI International, and over 160 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) partners from both countries, aspires to bolster Pakistan’s TVET system and position the nation as a leader in digital education.

The formation of this alliance was officially announced during the International Digital Skills Exchange Seminar, a highlight of the 2nd Belt and Road International Skills Competition, which took place in Chongqing from June 24 to 26. The event brought together more than 200 experts and representatives from over 140 colleges and universities in both nations, participating both in person and online.

Rao Rashid Ali, Director General of Punjab TEVTA, is spearheading the alliance from Pakistan. He emphasized the significance of this partnership in bridging the digital skills gap in Pakistan and highlighted its potential to revolutionize the country’s educational landscape. “This alliance marks a pivotal step in closing the digital skills gap and elevating our TVET system,” Ali stated. “The collaboration with China provides us with an invaluable opportunity to learn and implement best practices in digital education.”

From China, Prof Xue Maoyun, former president of Jiangsu Commerce Vocational and Technical College, has assumed the role of chairman of the alliance. Prof Maoyun underscored the shared objective of advancing digital education and fostering mutually beneficial partnerships. “Our goal is to collaborate closely with our Pakistani counterparts to enhance digital education and develop a skilled workforce ready for the challenges of the digital age,” he said.

The seminar also saw the presence of Muhammad Omar, Counsellor and Head of Chancery at the Pakistani Embassy in China, and Afifa Shajia Awais, Counsellor of Education. Omar lauded China’s accomplishments in nurturing highly skilled talent and expressed optimism that Pakistan could emulate China’s success in digital transformation to elevate its educational institutions. “China’s experience in digital education serves as a beacon for us,” Omar remarked. “We are confident that this alliance will significantly contribute to the enhancement of our educational framework.”

This digital education alliance is set to bring substantial advancements to Pakistan’s TVET sector, paving the way for the country to become a leading hub for digital education in the region. The collaboration promises to yield innovative strategies and tools that will equip students and professionals with the skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly evolving digital world.

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