Malaysia and Pakistan to share archaeological links

The University of Pakistan and Universiti Sains Malaysia ink an agreement to cooperate on archaeological projects in their respective countries.

Pak, Malaysia work on archaeological research
Pakistan Observer, 13 April 2013

In view of the growing relations between the Government of Pakistan and Malaysia and to promote academic cooperation between the educational institutions of both the countries, University of Peshawar and Universiti Sains, Penang agreed to carry out joint archaeological research in Pakistan and Malaysia. The aim of the linkage would be to expand scholarly ties, facilitate academic cooperation and to promote mutual understanding. A formal Memorandum of Agreement was signed in this regard by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rasul Jan, Vice-Chancellor University of Peshawar and Prof. Ahmad Shukri Mustapa Kamal, acting Vice-Chancellor Universiti Sains Malaysia.

The MoA signing ceremony took place during the visit of Vice Chancellor to Malaysia. Prof. Dr. M. Nasim Khan, Director Institute of Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Peshawar and Prof. Dr. Mohd Mokhtar Saidin, Director Centre for Global Archaeological Research, University Sains Malaysia, were also present on the occasion.

Under the agreement the Institute of Archaeology and Social Anthropology (UoP) and the Centre for Global Archaeological Research Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) will jointly conduct archaeological exploration and excavation in the Gandhara region of Pakistan and the Bujang Valley in Malaysia. The collaboration is believed to be the first between both universities. The aim of the joint activities will be to share expertise, students’ exchanges and faculty for research, training and lectures, seminars, conferences and discussions that will mutually benefit both the institutions.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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