At the 5th Academic Forum on China-Pakistan Scientific, Technological and Economic Cooperation under BRI, held on December 3rd, “CPEC Science Communication Network” was launched jointly by Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU), Beijing Science and Technology Association (BAST), Beijing Academy of Science and Technology (BJAST), Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), and Pakistan Scientific & Technological Information Center (PASTIC).
The Launching Ceremony was chaired by Dr. Di Yuna, Executive Director, Pakistan Study Center of Science & Technology and Economy at BTBU.
“CPEC Science Communication Network” was launched together by Mr. Ahmed Farooq, Minister/Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Beijing; Prof. Wang Qinglin, Deputy D.G., Department of International Affairs, CAST; Prof. Huang Xiankai, Secretary of the CPC BTBU Committee; Mr. Liu Xiaokan, Vice President, Member of the CPC Leadership Group of BAST; and Prof. Wang Li, Vice President of Beijing Academy of Science and Technology.
After its official launch, all participants gained an in-depth understanding of the science communication project “Concrete Math Exhibition” through video and on-site tour.
The core idea of the Exhibition is to train mathematical thinking, and the exhibits used in the exhibition are common to the touring exhibitions of the Beijing Mobile Science Centre, allowing the younger generation to learn the history of mathematics, appreciate the beauty of mathematics, experience the fun of mathematics, observe mathematical applications and train logical thinking.
During the Book Donation, on behalf of the Network, Prof. Li Junkai, Director of International Office, Beijing Academy of Science and Technology, and Zhang Yongfeng, Deputy Director of the Beijing Science Centre presented books as gift to Mr. Muhammad Suleman Mahsud, Education Attaché, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Beijing, and Mr. Muhammad Junaid, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Beijing.
Partners of “CPEC Science Communication Network” include:
BTBU Pakistan Study Center of Science & Technology and Economy, Beijing Science & Technology Center for International Cooperation, Beijing Science Center, Beijing Youth Science and Technology Center, Beijing Development Center of Popular Science, Beijing Association for Science Education Museums, China Science and Technology Museum, Dragon Design Foundation, ECO Science Foundation, Namal Education Foundation, China Overseas Chinese Association of Pakistan, Pakistan Museum of Natural History, Technology Times, Zhejiang Research Center of Modern Science Popularization and Propaganda, etc.
The establishment of the Network, which meets a wide range of livelihood needs, is in line with the Goal of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the progress of the CPEC, an increasing number of schools in Pakistan have set up Chinese language courses and Chinese research centers, and conducted exchanges with China.
Meanwhile more young students are looking forward to learning about China’s S&T education and development. During President Alvi’s visit to China this year, the Joint Working Group on Science and Technology was established for the first time, taking China-Pakistan S&T cooperation to a new level, with science communication as an important element of bilateral S&T cooperation.
The main objective of this CPEC Science Communication Network is to build a platform for information sharing, public welfare mutual assistance, academic exchanges and people-to-people exchanges in science communication between China and Pakistan.
Bilateral joint efforts will create brand activities for China-Pakistan S&T cooperation and promote the high-quality development of CPEC.