Times of Oman
SQU, Ningxia ink pact to boost ties
Both sides discussed about building a Confucius Institute in the region. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions
Times News Service MUSCAT: Top officials from the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, People’s Republic of China, discussed means to strengthen cooperation between the two institutions.
The discussion was held in connection with the visit of a delegation from Ningxia Medical University to SQU. The delegation, headed by Ma Jijun, Vice Presi- dent of Ningxia Medical University, was received by Dr Hamed bin Suleiman Al Salmi, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administrative & Financial Affairs, and Salahddin Al Saadi, Acting Director of International Cooperation Office, and other officials.
In 2013, a letter of intent was signed between the two universities. This is the third visit of Ningxia University to SQU. In the meeting, both sides discussed about building a Confucius In- stitute in the region. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and are aimed at promoting the Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. The two sides also discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two universities through student exchange programmes, exchange of physicians, cooperation in medical fields, and joint research.
After the meeting with the Deputy Vice Chancellor, the Chinese delegation visited the College of Medicine & Health Sciences and held discussion with the Assistant Deans and other officials. They also visited the SQU Hospital and reviewed the means to enhance partnership.