HBKU, partners celebrate European Day of Languages

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HBKU, partners celebrate European Day of Languages

Sep 26, 2021 – 8:39 AM

The Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at HBKU, Dr Amal Mohammed Al Malki, with members of EU delegations at an event marking European Day of Languages ​​yesterday.

DOHA: The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) celebrated European Day of Languages ​​2021, a close cooperation between the Language Center of the Institute of Translation and Interpretation ( TII-LC), the European Union Cluster of National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) in Doha, French Institute of Qatar and French Embassy.

In keeping with the intention of the day, a special event held at Penrose House, Education City yesterday brought together language enthusiasts to celebrate the importance of linguistic diversity in building cultural bonds and understanding.

With the aim of encouraging language learning in one of the various languages ​​offered, TII-LC organized group introductory sessions with the Centre’s professional instructors in Arabic and various European languages.

These included English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Jointly launched by the National Institutes for Culture of the European Union, the European Day of Languages ​​has been celebrated every year since 2001, to promote Europe’s linguistic diversity and encourage lifelong language learning on the multilingual continent. Plurilingualism is seen as a tool to achieve better intercultural understanding and a key part of the rich cultural heritage of the continent.

Dr Nima Nazari, Director of the TII Language Center, said: “Our celebration of European Day of Languages ​​has been a wonderful expression of the strong cultural ties between Qatar and Europe. Amidst diversity, language is a powerful tool for engaging us, achieving cultural understanding and advancing the economic and social goals of our societies. In today’s globalized world, learning a foreign language has never been so valuable or important.

“The ability to express ourselves and understand others enables a dynamic exchange of ideas and social interaction that strengthens the fabric of our diverse societies. At TII, it’s not just about mastering the language we adopt in our immersive teaching approach, but the entire cultural context. In this way, our language programs not only encourage a lifelong love for languages ​​from an early age, but they open the door to new experiences and opportunities.

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