China Sees Rise In Arabic Language and Culture

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Society and Culture


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China seeks to build Arabic language centers


Wednesday 7 January 2015

The Chinese government is seeking Arabic speaking specialists from the Kingdom to teach the Arabic language in Chinese universities in response to an increasing interest in learning the Arabic language in China.
Former Lt. Gen. Talal bin Mohsen Angawi, representative and a member of the Alliance of Education and Training Limited, Saudi Arabia, which specializes in distance education and training, said that some 44 Chinese universities have requested for Arabic language experts and specialists to develop the language in its Arabic departments.

He said that the Chinese government has expressed its intention to achieve regular investments in human capital through the development of their knowledge, qualifications and skills in the Arabic language.
Angawi said that he believes that the Saudi-Chinese partnership is the result of the contribution of the private sector toward the development of the Arabic language outside the Arab world.
Angawi said that their contribution for the Arabic language will play an active role in building knowledge, improve education and training at the international level and in establishing the infrastructure for the development of this kind of education and training in the Arab and Muslim world.

Angawi indicated that they would use the latest technology in the field of education which will help in building good relations and the economy.
“The Arabic language has been able to accommodate different civilizations, and even become the dominant language in literature, politics and culture as well as being the language of religion and worship,” Angawi pointed out.
Dr. Ding Hui, chairman of the Board of Chinese Islamic Relations Council, said that the Arabic language has become an important tool to link China to all Arab and Islamic countries.

The learning of the Arabic language in China was vital to enhance its economic position and to raise the volume of trade exchange with Arab and Islamic countries, he said.
“Right now, we have about 44 universities with Arabic departments which we want to improve with the help of specialists in the Arabic language,” he said, adding that the distance education system would enable a majority of China’s population to receive education in their homes. He also said that there are around 200 Islamic schools where Arabic is included in the curriculum.

About 4,000 students graduate in the Arabic language annually from these universities and language schools and an additional 100,000 students are learning the language through the mosques. “But through our efforts, we are expecting the number of Arabic learners to increase into the millions,” the chairman said.


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