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February 22, 2015

Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Translation and Interpreting Institute and the Chinese Embassy in Qatar

The Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Embassy in Qatar on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
The MoU sets a foundation for collaboration between the Language Center at TII and the Chinese Embassy in Qatar. Recognizing the importance of Arabic and Chinese language, education, and culture in the global economy, both parties have committed to collaboration in the areas of language teaching and cultural activities for the benefit of learners and the wider Qatari community.

The Language Center at TII currently offers students expert language training in five languages, including Mandarin Chinese.Aimed to serve the needs of the professional community in Doha, classes emphasize the integration of language and culture and incorporate technology in learning and teaching.As China is now the world’s largest energy consumer and oil importer with 35 percent of its crude oil import in 2013 from GCC countries, the Mandarin Chinese course offering is in line with GCC-Sino economic partnerships.

The agreement marks a strong commitment by TII and the Embassy to the promotion of language education opportunities.The parties are dedicated to supporting academic exchange and study abroad programs in Qatar and in China, and will also assist in the organization of public seminars on China, its languages, and culture, as we move towards ‘Qatar-China 2016’, a year dedicated to mutual understanding, recognition, and appreciation between the two countries.

His Excellency Youzhen Gao, Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China in the State of Qatar, 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" strategic project and will jointly hold the 2016 China-Qatar Cultural Year.”

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