The Language Center at the Translation and Interpreting Institute of HBKU: Demand for foreign language proficiency in Qatar continues to grow
The Language Center at the Translating and Interpreting Institute (TII) of Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) continues to provide expert language training in Arabic, French, and Spanish to members of the Qatari community. This fall, TII’s Language Center had the largest number of registered students yet, with 150 students enrolled in the various programs, especially in Arabic courses.
The Language Center recently launched daytime Arabic and Spanish classes for Juniors on Saturdays to accommodate younger students, making the courses more accessible for the student population in the aim of creating lifelong learners. And as a part of its continued growth, the Language Center also has plans to introduce new programs in English and Mandarin by fall of 2014. Interested students are strongly encouraged to register for the upcoming summer semester. The summer course at TII involves a study aboard component for Spanish and French language learners.
Dr. Amal Al Malki, Executive Director of TII commented on the growth of TII’s Language Center offerings: “The Language Center at the Translation and Interpreting Institute is growing steadily. The vision and mission of the Institute have been designed carefully and is supported at the highest levels of HBKU and Qatar Foundation.”
“The interest of the Qatari community in foreign languages and cultures is simply phenomenal. Our diverse offerings also create an interesting community of participants who learn from each other and enrich each other. We are here to nurture and serve our participants by providing opportunities for learning and exchange”, Mounir Ouanaimi. Director of the Language Center at TII also commented.
Classes at TII not only teach students a language but prepare students for a world outside of a classroom by placing a clear emphasis on the integration of language and culture in both learning and teaching.
The Language Center is a core component of TII’s mission to build professional linguistic capacity in Qatar and the broader region. HBKU’s TII delivers advanced translation and interpreting education, high-level training in a range of languages, and translation and interpreting services that meet and exceed the highest international standards.