THE PENINSULA - February 22, 2015
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both sides sets the
foundation for collaboration between Language Center at TII and the
embassy, recognising the importance of Arabic and Chinese languages,
education and culture in the global economy.
The centre supports the academic mission of the institute by offering training in five languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
Aimed to serve the needs of the professional community, classes
emphasise the integration of language and culture and incorporate
technology in learning and teaching.
As China is the world’s largest energy consumer and oil importer with 35
percent of its crude oil imports in 2013 from GCC countries, the
Mandarin Chinese course is in line with GCC-Sino economic partnership.
Dr Amal Al Malki, Executive Director, TII, said, “The deal with the
embassy will help us explore opportunities to promote Chinese language
and culture in Qatar and Arabic language and Arab, and Qatari culture in
“The MoU will help realise our vision of building linguistic capacity in
Qatar and open the door for further collaborations with Chinese
Chinese Ambassador Youzhen Gao said, “The strategic partnership between
China and Qatar is continuously developing. Looking to the future, we
will be building the cooperative ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st
Century Maritime Silk Road’ project and jointly hold the 2016
China-Qatar Cultural Year.” The MoU is valid for two years after which
both sides will meet to evaluate results.