Dr. Alexsandr Khozin elucidated upon creating new avenues in academic collaboration where universities in the Russian Federation can enter into an agreement with IoBM for strengthening such relationship. He also informed that the formation of a “SCO University” is in the offing which will comprise universities of all SCO member states including Pakistan and the Russian Federation, functioning under a single SCO educational network.
Dr. Alexsandr Khozin, Consul General of the Russian Embassy in Islamabad, along with Mr. Vladimir Berezyuk, Minister Counsellor, Mr. Anton Bernyakovich, Attache and Mr. Artem Orlov visited the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to deliver a talk on how the Russian Federation and Pakistan can mutually benefit in the fields of trade, economy, finance, agriculture, education, science and others as both countries are members of the “Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)”.
Mr. Talib S. Karim, President IoBM, received the Russian delegation in his office where they discussed matters of mutual interest. Also present was Dr. Shahida Wizarat, Dean CESD, IoBM, HoD Economics, Director Research and Chief Editor Pakistan Business Review (PBR).
An interactive session was later held at the Entrepreneurship and Management Excellence Center (EMEC), IoBM which was largely-attended by IoBM’s HoDs and faculty.
The Russian delegation shared insights pertaining to the SCO and was pleased to know that IoBM students, under the student exchange program, are pursuing higher studies in the Russian Federation.
While speaking at this occasion, Dr. Alexsandr Khozin elucidated upon creating new avenues in academic collaboration where universities in the Russian Federation can enter into an agreement with IoBM for strengthening such relationship. He also informed that the formation of a “SCO University” is in the offing which will comprise universities of all SCO member states including Pakistan and the Russian Federation, functioning under a single SCO educational network. While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vladimir Berezyuk stressed upon the Russian Federation and Pakistan to expand their efforts in economic and cultural cooperation and that both countries need to pursue cooperation in infrastructural development, trade, energy, telecommunication and healthcare.
Addressing queries from HoDs and faculties, Mr. Vladimir Berezyuk highlighted Russian Federation’s foreign policy concerns in conformity with SCO and UN objectives regarding mutual respect, territorial integrity and equal rights in relations among nations towards international peace and security. On a query about the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills, established with the Russian aid and assistance in 1973, Dr. Alexsandr Khozin said that it was Pakistan’s internal matter in view of the latter’s privatization policy as Russia, however, continues to provide iron ore and steel to Pakistan for concerned needs. One of the main concerns of Mr. Vladimir Berezyuk’s speech was how to address the core international issue of terrorism and that measures taken by SCO members in this connection. Answering to an informal query during lunch on how important was media collaboration among SCO members, especially between Russia and Pakistan, in view of media setting positive mindsets from man in the street to men at the helm of affairs, Dr. Alexsandr Khozin agreed in the affirmative indeed.