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China announces scholarships for Pakistani students

The primary goal of this initiative is to foster educational opportunities for international students and researchers pursuing bachelor's, master’s, or PhD degrees.

In a bid to strengthen educational ties between China and Pakistan, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) has announced scholarships for Pakistani students and researchers in Chinese universities for the academic year 2024–2025. The Government of China has designated the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for the administration of these scholarships.

The primary goal of this initiative is to foster educational opportunities for international students and researchers pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degrees. Interested candidates can submit their applications through the HEC portal or the CSC’s portal by December 28, as announced by local HEC sources.

For detailed information, applicants are encouraged to visit the official website, as per the official HEC statement. The CSC, acting under the authority of China’s Ministry of Education, is responsible for the enrollment and administration of the Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

Applicants for the Chinese Government Scholarship Program 2024-25 must have a valid Higher Education Aptitude Test (HAT) or Higher Education Undergraduate Studies Admission Test (USAT) score, obtained after January 01, 2022, according to the HEC website.

The designated Chinese universities offer a diverse range of academic programs across various disciplines, including Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Economics, Legal Studies, Management, Education, History, Literature, Philosophy, Fine Arts, and more. This scholarship opportunity is available for students at all levels.

Read more: China-Pakistan economic corridor attracted $25.4 billion in 10 years: Beijing

China is already spearheading an economic corridor project in Pakistan. According to the details revealed in July this year, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) attracted $25.4 billion in direct investment in the 10 years since being launched in 2014.

“The projects are creating 192,000 jobs, generating 6,000MW of power, building 510 km (316 miles) of highways, and expanding the national transmission network by 886 km (550 miles),” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing.

CPEC, a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, is a major economic and infrastructure project between China and Pakistan, estimated to exceed $50 billion which enables China to access the Arabian Sea through the Gwadar Port.