Seoul University and UAF sign Memorandum of Understanding on Data Sharing – Pakistan

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FAISALABAD: Duksung Women University, Seoul, South Korea, and Faisalabad University of Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of university, information and mutual benefit.

The MoU was duly signed by Duksung Women University President Kim Gun-hee and UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Iqrar Ahmad at UAF CAS Auditorium.

In accordance with the agreement, the two institutions will promote the exchange of information, material of mutual interest. It was also agreed to exchange students, professors, academics and administrative staff. It was also agreed that the provision of information services by each institution for visitors from other institutions.

Additionally, a five-member Korean delegation led by Prof. Dr. Jaehan Kim is visiting UAF as part of the Establishment of Pak Korea Nutrition Center (PKNC) project. They visited the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iqrar Ahmad Khan, and visited the Faculty of Food Science and various departments of the university.

Prof. Jaehan Kim said that the Pak Korea Nutrition Center (PKNC) established at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) is meant to address the problem of malnutrition that has plagued the people. He said the project will train government officials, nutrition policymakers, master trainers, nutrition education experts, female health workers, nutritionists and primary school teachers, etc. to improve child nutrition and nutrition. He said the enhanced collaboration between the two countries will bring tangible results.

UAF Vice-Chancellor Prof. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said Korea’s Saemaul Undong model of rural development, started in 1970, can be replicated in Pakistan. He added that the Saemaul Undong spirit is based on diligence, mutual support and cooperation among farmers. He stressed the need to learn from Korean experiences.

He said that UAF had the waste range of work on water management and collaboration with Korean institutions will further improve the work. He insisted on the need to promote education and rural development. He said we have a large youth population. If we train them and provide quality education and skills, the country can overcome the challenges of poverty, unemployment and low per capita income.

Kim, Gun-hee said that with stronger cooperation between the two institutions, it would help learn from each other’s experiences.

The Dean of the Faculty of Food Nutrition and Home Sciences, Professor Masood Sadiq Butt, said that malnutrition in our country affects 50% of the population. He said the PKNC was an important step that will bring the issue to the national level. He called for an improvement in lifestyle and eating habits.

The delegation also met with members of the faculty of food sciences and the director of planning and development, Irfan Abbas. They also visited the secondary school of the university laboratory. They discussed the malnutrition situation in Pakistan and measures to improve it.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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