Punjab University and China’s Northeastern University (NEU) have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a joint PhD program in the subject of history.
Northeastern University is a Chinese public university that is well known for its high research output. It has a student population of over 30,000 and faculty strength of over 2,300. It ranks among the top 40 universities in China, and was placed in 141-150 band in the Time Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017. It was also named the 195th best university in Asia by QS in its latest Asia University Ranking 2018.
To commemorate the agreement, an MoU signing ceremony took place at Punjab University Vice Chancellor’s office on Friday. PU VC Prof Dr Nasira Jabeen, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean Prof Dr Iqbal Chawla, PU Registrar Dr Khalid Khan and External Linkages Director Dr Fauzia Hadi Ali were present at the signing.
Dr Jabeen signed the MoU on PU’s behalf, while an NEU official had signed the accord in China. Under the agreement, 15 Chinese students would be enrolled in Punjab University each year and both sides would establish the project supervisor group, consisting of professors of relevant disciplines.
PU will be responsible for the enrolment and training program for the Chinese students and NEU would assist its implementation. Chinese students would undergo first year’s study at PU under the direction of PU supervisors and would continue next three years’ study at NEU, Qinhuangdao under the supervision of NEU supervisors. PU will also send Pakistani doctoral students of history to NEU to study with Chinese doctoral students.
In a statement, Dr Nasira Jabeen expressed the resolve that PU would make all-out efforts to enhance bilateral relations with China’s premier academic and research institutions. She said both countries had splendid history of unprecedented friendship and both must benefit from each other’s research and experiences.