Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Chairman Prof Dr Shahid Munir Friday said the PHEC had decided to make the Japanese language part of the curriculum.
According to the details, Prof Dr Shahid Munir announced that the commission will propose the inclusion of the Japanese language in the curriculum during a ceremony organised by the Pakistan Japan Socio-Economic Association.
The ceremony was attended by the Consul Head of the Embassy of Japan Ryoji Iwasaki, Chief Mission Head Ito Takeshi, Kashif Anwar, President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce, and Mr Kongo Hayashi, IT Head of Pak Japan Centre.
Prof Dr Shahid Munir said the promotion of Japanese language would promote free Japan trade partnership. The PHEC chief said Japan is the centre of industries like automotive, electronics and machinery.
Dr Shahid mentioned that ongoing endeavors were being made to enhance the educational infrastructure and raise the enrollment rate. He emphasized the crucial role of technical and vocational education in preparing a skilled workforce.
Furthermore, he expressed the belief that by encouraging the study of the Japanese language in higher education institutions, it would generate additional job opportunities and employment prospects for Pakistani graduates. Additionally, this initiative would foster collaboration in the domains of IT, engineering, and manufacturing.
Pakistan and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1952. Both countries have maintained embassies in each other’s capitals, facilitating official communication and cooperation.
Both countries engage in bilateral trade, with Japan being one of Pakistan’s major trading partners. The trade primarily includes textiles, machinery, chemicals, and agricultural products.
Japanese companies have made significant investments in Pakistan, contributing to economic growth and employment opportunities. Additionally, Japan has provided financial assistance and technical expertise for various development projects in Pakistan.
Cultural exchanges also play a vital role in strengthening people-to-people ties between Pakistan and Japan. Both countries organize cultural events, exhibitions, and performances to showcase their respective cultures and promote mutual understanding. Educational and academic exchanges also contribute to cultural understanding, with Pakistani students studying in Japan and vice versa.