"International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will establish a joint distance learning institute for
the benefit of their students and academic staff." writes The News International.
The decision to this effect was taken during the meeting held here on Tuesday between the visiting Kyrgyz Extraordinary ambassador and chairman Board of Trustee IUK Asylbek A. Aidaraliev and the AIOU’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui.
In this connection, both sides are likely to sign a formal agreement by January 20. The proposed institute will be set up in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyz Republic, in support of government of Pakistan and Higher Education Commission. Faculty members of AIOU will be engaged for the purpose.
Ambassador Asylbek said collaborative partnership with AIOU will be highly beneficial since it is pioneer in introducing distance learning system in Asia, Both sides also decided in principally to benefit from each other experience in the fields of Arabic and English teaching.
AIOU will assist IUK in arranging text books and multi-media material. Asylbek further said that they are also interested in availing the services of AIOU’s Department of Arabic and Islamic studies for teaching of Imams in Kyrgyzstan.
Source: The News International