IBA introduces Chinese Language course from next semester

Addressing to a packed auditorium, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, announced the commencement of a Chinese language course at the Institute of Business Adminstration next semester. Mr. Ishrat Hussain, former Governor State Bank of Pakistan and the current Dean and Director of IBA, was delivering a lecture to the students about the global financial crisis.

Interestingly, he pointed out that Pakistan’s current financial crisis needs to be isolated from the global crisis, as Pakistan’s plight has to do with the mismanaged transition from the previous government to the next one. In his address to the students, he also stressed on the importance of China as the next most economic superpower rather than the United States or European Nations. He believed a Chinese language course would equip the students with the necessary skills to be prepared for the paradigm shift in powers.

IBA itself has suffered from uninspired leadership during the term of the previous director. With the induction of Ishrat Hussain, a visionary leader and an inspiring orator, the students are looking forward to the welcome changes that he’s bringing about.

12 Comments so far

  1. Shamsi (shamsi) on October 14th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    Good change, nice approach, POST some additional information on the subject.

    Is that course available for everyone or JUST for the IBA students ?

  2. raheelhassan on October 15th, 2008 @ 7:49 am

    I think Ex-Pakistani State Bank governor’s approach is very poor and unrealistic. Chinese government whole GDP purchase power is 7.9 trillion dollars. America’s GDP purchase power, on the other hand, is 14 trillion dollars. American population is 3 times lesser than china and it doesn’t really depend on selling chandeliers or small home use manufacturing goods rather it develops high tech scientific products. No doubt china is making rapid progress but still china needs more than 50 years to reach where USA is standing today. I am leaving this up to you guys to find out the answer where USA will be standing after 50 years? I am not against or discouraging anyone studying Chinese language but make sure if you invest time, efforts and money. You should be able to gain your reward after you are done with your university studies and research. For more information about Chinese economy’s growth check CIA world fact book.

  3. mastqalandar on October 15th, 2008 @ 8:48 am

    Very good, I think along with Chinese, IBA should consider teaching Arabic too. Thats the closest market to Pakistani goods.

    Last time Pakistani exports were soaring in form of Textiles they imposed quota system and our whole textile/garment industry turned into scrape house.

  4. barristerakc on October 15th, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    Instead of Globalising you are moving BACKWARDS. One can learn different languages but not at the expense of local language. That is not globalization. Moreover I would rather prefer to travel and spend time with my Chinese friends and learn about their way of thinking without discarding my own. I had been to China thrice and found the young generation to be more “business oriented”. SHEESHAY – BACHISTAN-CHINA PHANGYOOO! ZAIXEN (thank you, Pakistan-China are friends- bye now)

    @raheel, I agree with you on this one since the Chinese are more and more going towards English – I personally think language is not a barrier anymore.

  5. judge on October 15th, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    cheen hamara dost hai, cheen jo kabhi cheen gaya hai us ko maloom ho ga kay cheen mai 99% log cheenee zaban mai communication kartay hain, cheen mai kam karnay kay leeay har document ka chenee zaban mai tarjuma attached hona zarori hai. businessman jo cheen sai business kartay hain un sai pohco chotyapay kay comments maat karoo

  6. mishaone on October 15th, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    About time. SZABIST has had Chinese as a part of the curriculum for the past two years now for Computer Science students.

  7. shoaib on October 15th, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    While there is no harm of learning any additional language, we must strive hard that we have our national languages strengthened. The basic education should be at least in the national languages so that the kids don’t feel panicked. Its so sad people speaking English at home just ensuring that their kids are having better English accent.

    We never spoke in English despite studying in the best institutions. The same goes for my kids also.

    If you see history, countries who have excelled, have all their education in their own language.

    Lets pray that our national language is implemented in offices as required under the constitution.

  8. obiwankenobe on October 15th, 2008 @ 7:40 pm

    I believe it is a good step. I have also seriously thought to send my kids to Chinese schools so that they could learn Chinese.

    China is a huge market and can’t be ignored. Just wait for 20 years.

  9. calyps on October 15th, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    Look at the post before this one .. In few years time Patients would be replaced by something in Chinese!!!!

    The reason china is successful is not because of the language but because they adopted their language and are proud of it. WHEN ARE WE ADOPTING URDU?

  10. tzaidi on October 16th, 2008 @ 12:01 am

    The secret of china’s economy is in its balance of payments, they pay out less US dollars against the fuel bill then what they recive on settlement of their export bill. This is one of the reason that they stand tall amid the financial turmoil which has engulfed west these days.

    One more point to be noted, every sixth person in this world is a chinese, they got huge consumer markets all over the world – where ever they have chinese population.

  11. maha (mahasyed) on October 17th, 2008 @ 11:54 am

    No doubt china has a powerful economy and people are forseeing it to become super power in coming years, learning chinense is definitely benificial, infact learning new languages is fun on itself but wht we need to learn first is that how chinese people hav taken care of their identity, their language. Our language deserves same kind of attitude from us. When we’ll learn this one thing, no matter how many language of the world we learn urdu will alwayz be something we’ll be proud of cuz that is our identity.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on October 17th, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

    Nice and timely step.

    @maha: awesome comment. I second you.

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