Saudi Arabia plans to include Chinese language in education curriculum

February 22, 2019

BEIJING — A plan to include Chinese language as a curriculum at all stages of education — in schools and universities — across the Kingdom was agreed upon during a meeting between Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier, minister of defense and a high-level Chinese delegation.

The proposal aims to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China and to deepen the strategic partnership at all levels, Saudi Press Agency said on Friday.

The move seeks to forge a strategic partnership in order to achieve the aspirations of both Saudi and Chinese leaderships and to seize the promising opportunities between their peoples.

The inclusion of the Chinese language in Saudi schools and universities will enhance the cultural diversity of students in the Kingdom and contribute to the achievement of the future national goals in the field of education in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Chinese language’s introduction into the Saudi curricula is an important step toward opening new academic horizons for students at the various educational levels in Saudi Arabia.

Learning Chinese language will serve as bridge between the peoples of the two countries that will contribute to promoting trade and cultural ties. – SPA

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