Islamabad - Tomwit Jarnson, ambassador of Thailand to Pakistan, and Dr Masoom Yasinzai, rector International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), have agreed to expand mutual educational ties between both sides.

The point was agreed on the occasion of the visit of a 15-member Thai delegation to IIUI on Wednesday, says a press release issued here. The delegation was headed by Tomwit Jarnson along with education experts, officials from ministry of education of Thailand and Thai students. The delegation’s meeting with the IIUI rector was also attended by Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja. It was agreed in the meeting that in lieu of further extending the bilateral cooperation measures for signing MoUs would be taken while both sides showed keen interest in exchange of students and scholars.

The ambassador said that a number of Thai students have been showing keen interest in getting education in Pakistan, specially at IIUI, as it offers vital academic programmes. He said Thai government values its relationships with Pakistan. He also assured support for academic linkage between Pakistani and Thai educational institutions. Tomwit Jarnson and Thai delegates lauded the harmonious and multi-cultural milieu being provided at IIUI. Delegates asked questions regarding various academic programmes and possibilities of bilateral projects which were briefly answered by Dr Masoom Yasinzai.

Speaking on the occasion, the rector IIUI said that university appreciates the interest of Thai students in its programmes and they would be provided assistance and cooperation on priority basis. He added that university is a hub of various cultures and religions where students are being nurtured in an atmosphere of mutual respect and religious harmony.

Dr Yasinzai said internationalisation is leading agenda of the university and Thai govt and students would find IIUI doors wide open for mutual cooperation.

Later, the delegation was given a detailed briefing about the university by Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja. He told that nearly one hundred Thai students were studying at IIUI in previous semester.

Exchange of gifts and shields also took place at the end where university crests and publications were presented to the Thai ambassador and delegates by the rector IIUI while a gift of books was also presented to Dr Yasinzai by Jarnson.