GC and PLC sign MoU to pro­mote Ara­bic and Per­sian lan­guages

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

Pro­fes­sor Taqi Ab­dulredha al Ab­d­wani, Gulf Col­lege (GC) dean, and Dr Bah­man Ak­bari, Per­sian Lan­guage Cen­tre (PLC) man­ager and Iran’s cul­tural coun­sel­lor to Mus­cat, have re­cently pushed on the green but­ton as they signed the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to of­fi­cially de­clare the un­leash­ing of GC-PLC power for the pro­mo­tion of both Ara­bic and Per­sian lan­guages in the sul­tanate, in the GCC and around the world.

Present at the sign­ing cere- mony were some GC key of­fi­cials namely Dr Shameena Me­htab, deputy dean for Qual­ity As­sur­ance and Part­ner­ships, Ma­sood Ahmed Khan, head of the Fac­ulty of Foun­da­tion Stud­ies, Dr Khalid Abu Zayed, head of the Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and Man­age­ment Stud­ies, Abubucker Sam­sudeen Shaffi, head of the Fac­ulty of Com­put­ing Sciences, Aisha Ghazi Haider, man­ager of the Pear­son Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­tre, Pey­man Nouraey, co­or­di­na­tor of the Cen­tre for Re­search and En­trepreneur­ship, and Dr Irene Pineda Vil­lareal, man­ager of the Cen­tre for Lan­guages and Cul­tural Stud­ies.

The part­ner­ship has sub­se­quently re­sulted in the launch of free fresh Per­sian cour­ses in Au­gust and Septem­ber and the even­tual of­fer­ing of the Per­sian Lan­guage as an op­tional course in the first se­mes­ter of the aca­demic year 2017-18. GC and PLC’s cul­tural link will be height­ened by dif­fer­ent ex­hi­bi­tions of hand­i­crafts, paint­ings and books. View­ing of Ira­nian films with Ara­bic and English sub­ti­tles and the ren­di­tion of Ira­nian tra­di­tional folk mu­sic will def­i­nitely tighten their cul­tural grip.

Iran’s gen­eros­ity is show­cased by its pol­icy en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to take Per­sian lan­guage con­tin­u­ously for a free two-week trip to Iran through its em­bassy in Oman to get in­volved in com­merce and trade. Par­tic­u­larly notable is the teach­ing of Farsi, the en­donym of the Ira­nian lan­guage, to the elites of the sul­tanate by the ever en­thu­si­as­tic cul­tural coun­sel­lor him­self.

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