China has provided hundreds of Pakistani schools with vocational training and technical equipment worth around 500 million rupees.
“Pakistan and China have a strong need for cooperation in the field of vocational education. A lot of progress has been made, and this is just the beginning,” said Syed Javed Hassan, Chairman of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC).
He told China Economic Net (CEN) in an interview that China has provided hundreds of Pakistani schools with vocational training and technical equipment worth around 500 million rupees. About 200 Pakistanis have received scholarships for short-term training at Chinese vocational institutions. “Dialogues are ongoing on how to further strengthen cooperation,” he added.
According to Syed Javed Hassan, there is a lot to do in Pakistan when it comes to vocational training. First, capacity building. “The total amount of formal vocational training capacity is around 400,000, but what we need is probably 2 million.”
The training of trainers is equally important. “It’s not just a matter of having classrooms and equipment, but having the right kind of trainers is also very important,” Syed Hassan told CEN. Pakistan and sending trainers to China for training.
Then there is also a matter of course certification. “We would like to see joint programs between the two countries so that, for example, if Chinese employers come to Pakistan, they can immediately employ those with mutually recognized certification and vice versa,” Syed Hassan said. “More institutes, better training facilities, better trainers, curriculum in line with international standards and market demand, this is where vocational education in Pakistan is going,” he added.
Educational institutions on both sides are responding to this huge demand. “This year, we will see established cooperation with about 10 institutions in Pakistan,” said Mr. Ma Xiaoyan of Tang International Education Group at CEN.
The group, which launched the China-Pakistan dual-degree joint talent training program late last year, selected 210 majors out of more than 700 professional majors in China to introduce in Pakistan.
During the third year of the program, students will have the opportunity to study in China for the Sino-Pak Dual Degree. “About 20 Pakistani students come here to study every year,” said Mr. Wen Yongming, Vice President of Bailie Vocational College, one of Tang International Education Group’s partners. The college cooperated with Agricultural University, Faisalabad on modern agricultural technology training programs with mutually agreed plans, courses and credits.
“Together with Pakistani partners, we are improving the curriculum based on market needs. In addition, Chinese language is given special attention,” Ma continued. They developed a “CCTE” model that integrates Chinese language training, business, technical skills and employment. “It’s much more about teaching and learning. Our goal is to help improve the entire education system in Pakistan. For example, many of our courses are delivered online through our smart education system using the latest information technology that can be transferred to Pakistan. In addition, after training teachers, they will in turn promote changes in their classrooms,” Ma added.
According to Syed Hassan, while the traditional manufacturing, welding and construction industries are to be an indispensable part of vocational education in Pakistan, the greatest demand for young people is in the high-tech sector. “For the first time, as part of the Skills for All initiative, we have not only covered traditional skills such as electricity, plumbing, welding, etc., but we have also introduced training in high-tech skills, including certification programs for the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, coding, etc. This type of workforce is also needed by Chinese companies,” he said. declared to CEN.
Coinciding with the opinion of Mr. Syed Hassan, Tang International Education Group trains professional talents for special economic zones under CPEC in the fields of modern agriculture, e-commerce and AI, as well as logistics and customs clearance. For industrial parks in Pakistan, the group offers training programs on electrical and electronic technologies and civil engineering. Courses on new energy vehicles and information technology will also be introduced. College-business cooperation has proven to be an effective model. “Government support, protection by laws, teacher training and the idea of lifelong learning are pillars supporting the development of vocational education,” Wen added.
This news was originally published by Daily schedules.