Sunday, February 22, 2015

QF institute, embassy in deal to teach Chinese

THE PENINSULA - February 22, 2015

DOHA: Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation, and the Chinese embassy will collaborate in the areas of language teaching and cultural activities for the benefit of learners and the wider Qatari community.
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 China.
“The MoU will help realise our vision of building linguistic capacity in Qatar and open the door for further collaborations with Chinese institutions.”
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.