Islamabad: Vitebsk State University (VSU) Republic of Belarus and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop mutual collaboration for sharing their experience and expertise to strengthen Open Distance Learning (ODL) system. Under the MoU, the two sides also decided to provide online education in some specialized programs of their students’ interest and of market’s needs. It was signed by the Vice Chancellor AOIU Professor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyyum and the Rector of VSU Prof. Dr. Alexy Egorov on the occasion of VIII International Forum on ‘Innovations, Interventions and Perspectives’ held in Vitebsk, Belarus, says a message received here on Friday. In was in line with the policy of the two governments promoting cooperative partnership in the educational section. The two sides were agreed to work out a cooperative arrangement for launching joint degree programs, sharing their research-based programs, mutual collaboration for course and curriculum contents’ development and exchange of short visit of their respective Faculties and students.