University of Dubai to set up Chinese institute
Dubai, July 22, 2010
The University of Dubai (UD) a leading educational institution established by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has signed an agreement with Confucius Institute Headquarters of China to set up its unit in the university campus.
The accord aims to strengthen educational co-operation between China and United Arab Emirates, support and promote the development of Chinese language education and increase mutual understanding between China and UAE, said a statement from UD.
The Confucius Institute takes its name after the legendary Chinese teacher, scholar and philosopher Confucius.
The institute will be a non-profit educational institution open to both students and working professionals interested in learning the Chinese language and culture in a supportive environment and at convenient timings in the evenings and during weekends.
Dr M Omar Hefni, president of UD said: "The University is very happy to announce the signing of an agreement with Confucius Institute for the establishment of the Confucius Institute at UD. As one of the fastest developing economies in the world, China is poised to play a very significant role in the future."
"The advantage of studying at Confucius Institute at UD is that, UD is the only university in UAE which enjoys complete access to the business community and its various business groups and presents an engaging, dynamic learning experience with programs delivered in a highly interactive, hands-on learning style at one of the nation’s finest universities,” Dr Hefni said.
The Institute services include teaching Chinese online, training Chinese teachers, providing its students with Chinese textbooks and introducing the history, culture, tourism and business between China and the local country.
It offers access to some of the best infrastructure and intellectual resources available at UD and will deliver its programs in fully equipped classrooms and labs in five levels for different ages at convenient timings in the evenings as well as weekends for working individuals.-TradeArabia News Service