ISLAMABAD: President of the International Islamic University (IIU), Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, and Rector of the COMSATS University Islamabad, Dr. Raheel Qamar, this week, inked an agreement to establish the first Saudi-Pak Study Center at COMSATS University.
“Initially we will set-up the Saudi-Pak Scientific International Chair and then establish a physical center later,” Dr. Fahim Qurshi, the registrar at COMSATS told Arab News on Thursday.
Qureshi said the aim of setting up the Chair was to strengthen joint scientific and international cooperation to “serve the purpose of achieving security, peace, stability, tranquility and sustainable development in both countries.”
He said that the cooperation agreement would be celebrated after the Holy Month of Ramadan in a ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials from both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
“This initiative will help to promote student and teacher exchange programs,” Qureshi said.
“The memorandum of understanding encompasses various facets of academic, research and scientific cooperation and is geared toward building a joint think tank to advise both governments on policy issues arising in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” International Islamic University said in press release on May 13 when the agreement was inked. “Saudi Arabia has aligned itself as a strategic partner of both China and Pakistan for expanding the Belt and Road Initiatives.”
In January this year, Saudi Arabia announced 583 fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students at 23 leading universities in the Kingdom.