Qatar University expands Arabic programme

10, October, 2014

Qatar University has created a dedicated centre for its Arabic for Non-Native Speakers (ANSS) programme, as the country tries to position itself as a key destination for study of the language ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar University College of Arts Dean, Dr Eiman Mustafawi (r), and Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center Director, Dr Abdullah Abdulrahman.

The ANSS programme now has a centre within the university’s College of Arts and Science (CAS) and will have increased capacity for international students.

CAS Dean, Dr Eiman Mustafawi, said ANSS was established as a unit within the college’s Department of Arabic Language in 1987 and expanded to an independent programme in 2006 due to the language’s historical significance and growing popularity.

“QU also recognised that as the national university, it has a responsibility to advance the language, culture, history and traditions of the Qatari, Arab and Islamic peoples and communities and to share it with people from around the world to further a better understanding and build bridges of communication,” said Mustafawi.

With the numerous projects in the country being planned leading up to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the centre would be able to enhance Qatar’s efforts towards cultural communication and academic exchange, Dr Mustafawi added.

The programme will offer three tracks: morning, evening (continuing education) and distance learning.

“The morning track is the backbone of the centre; it offers courses at six levels each year and focusses intensively on basic language skills,” said Dr Abdullah Abdulrahman, Director of the centre. “The evening track offers general and tailored courses for the diplomatic, business and health sectors; and the distance education track is designed to meet the needs of international students who wish to study Arabic language but are not on-site in Qatar.”

He added, “We are committed to ensuring an environment for rich language and cultural experiences that will enhance students’ perceptions of the GCC and Middle East region in general, and Qatar in particular.”

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