HBKU, partners celebrate the European Day of Languages
09/26/2021 – 8:39 am
The dean of the University of Humanities and Social Sciences at HBKU, Dr. Amal Mohammed Al Malki, with members of EU delegations at a European Day of Languages ââevent yesterday.
DOHA: The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) celebrated European Day of Languages ââ2021, a close cooperation between the Language Center of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII-LC), the European Union cluster of National Cultural Institutes (EUNIC) in Doha, the Institut Francais du Qatar and the French Embassy.
In line with the intention of the day, a special event held yesterday at Penrose House, Education City, brought together language enthusiasts to celebrate the importance of linguistic diversity in building cultural connections and understanding.
With the aim of promoting language learning in one of the diverse languages ââoffered, TII-LC curated introductory events in groups with the centre’s professional lecturers in Arabic and a variety of European languages.
These included English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
The European Day of Languages, jointly established by the national cultural institutes of the European Union, has been celebrated every year since 2001 in order to promote the linguistic diversity of Europe and to promote lifelong language learning on the multilingual continent. Multilingualism is seen as a tool for better intercultural understanding and a key element of the continent’s rich cultural heritage.
Dr. Nima Nazari, Director of the Language Center at TII, said: âOur celebration of the European Day of Languages ââwas a wonderful expression of the strong cultural ties between Qatar and Europe. In the midst of diversity, language is an effective tool for us to get involved, gain cultural understanding and advance the economic and social goals of our societies. In today’s globalized world, it has never been more valuable and important to learn a foreign language.
âThe ability to express ourselves and understand others enables the lively exchange of ideas and the social interaction that strengthens the fabric of our diverse societies. At TII, we not only master the language that we consider in our immersive teaching approach, but also the entire cultural context. In this way, our language programs not only encourage a lifelong love of languages ââfrom an early age, but also open the door to new experiences and opportunities. ”