China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is perhaps the single most important development in recent history of Pakistan. It promises huge economic windfall for citizens of Pakistan, if we truly tap in the potential of the project. Learning Chinese language is the first step in this regard as most of the economic opportunities will revolve around interaction with Chinese citizens. Our youth can learn Chinese language and get certifications from following universities in Pakistan where Chinese instructors are available in Pakistan for teaching the course.
- a. Karachi University
- b. Punjab University Lahore
- c. NUML Islamabad
- d. University of Agriculture Faisalabad
- e. Karakoram International University Gilgit
Chinese Proficiency Test i.e. Hanyu, Shuiping and Kaoshi (HSK) test is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency which assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. Test was launched by Hanban (an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China) in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The HSK test approximates the English TOEFL and an HSK certificate is valid without any limitation in China.
The test is the result of coordinated efforts by domestic and foreign experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The exam takes into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.
HSK consists of six levels, namely HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). Details are as under:-
a. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
b. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
c. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
d. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
e. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
f. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.
The test aims to be a certificate of language proficiency for higher educational and professional purposes. It is not uncommon to refer to a standard or level of proficiency by the HSK level number, or score. For example, a job description might ask for foreign applicants with “HSK3 or better.” Test takers receive the results for the HSK issued by Hanban within one month after the test.