Islamabad, 20 June 2023 (TDI): Kausar Takrim, the esteemed Director of the China Study Center at the University of Peshawar, recently paid a visit to the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) office. 

During his visit, Director Takrim engaged in productive discussions with Farhat Asif, the President of IPDS, and Asif Noor, the Director of the Centre for BRI and China Studies, to explore avenues for increased cooperation between the two prominent organizations.

The meeting was focused on fostering future collaborations to further enhance bilateral ties and academic exchange programs. The esteemed delegates explored various areas of mutual interest, including research initiatives, joint conferences, and knowledge-sharing platforms.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to exploring concrete collaboration possibilities and exchanging expertise to maximize the impact of their collective efforts.

The Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) is a leading research and advocacy institution based in Islamabad, Pakistan.  It aims to be a connecting bridge between government, academia, and foreign policy units to boost the understanding of the policy-making process.  

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In April 2023, IPDS signed MoU with the China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD) and Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network to bolster the skill development, especially digital skills of young females in Pakistan.

Previously IPDS-Centre for BRI and China Studies also signed MoU with renowned institutes like China Study Centre and COMSATS University Islamabad. Other significant academic collaboration includes MoU with the University of Sargodha. 

CPEC, as a research focus, is at the center of IPDS research policy, and it has signed significant MoUs. One such recent collaboration is with the Centre for BRI and China Studies (CBRICS) and the Centre for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CCPEC), Kashi University (KSU) to strengthen research collaboration on CPEC at Muztagata Forum on June 18. 

IPDS international collaboration also includes MoU, where China’s ASIN ASEAN TS Chongqing Group focused on underdeveloped areas of Pakistan for skill development through training institutions.