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Several Saudi Schools, Universities Start Teaching 'Chinese'

Several Saudi Schools, Universities Start Teaching 'Chinese'

Sunday, 19 January, 2020 - 08:00

An agreement between Saudi Arabia and China to include the Chinese language in the Saudi curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom has become effective.

Media adviser at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Riyadh has affirmed in a phone-call with Asharq Al-Awsat that Chinese instructors are currently working at Saudi schools and universities to teach the language.

The agreement was signed during the visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to China in 2017.

The adviser noted that the agreement signed between the countries’ ministries of education is a comprehensive deal to bolster cooperation in various education aspects. Teaching the Chinese language is one of the ongoing cooperation aspects - in the education sector - between Beijing and Riyadh.

He added that Beijing intends to dispatch Chinese instructors soon to expand cooperation in teaching the language in some Saudi schools and universities – he noted that there are mutual visits for this matter, and the latest was on February.

This step is significant and it introduces new opportunities for students in Saudi Arabia, given that the Chinese language is a bridge connecting the two nations.

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