Confucius Institute at University of Dubai (CIUD) handed certificates to 13 members of the Dubai Police Academy for completing successfully a first level course in Chinese language and culture that will help them communicate with the growing number of Chinese living and working in Dubai.
Through a partnership with the Dubai Police Academy, CIUD offered the three and a half-month course to police officers. CIUD is dedicated to enhancing people’s understanding of the Chinese language and culture by encouraging the educational and cultural exchange between China and the United Arab Emirates.
Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Atiq Thani, Director of Dubai Police's Transport Security Department, congratulated the officers and encouraged them to work hard to learn and practice the Chinese language by means of reading, listening and speaking.
Hemmat Lashin, Local Director of Confucius Institute at University of Dubai, said: “Congratulations to the members of the Dubai Police Academy on this great event and I invite you to put extra effort in learning the Chinese language and culture in order to consolidate the bridge of friendship between our countries and deepen mutual understanding.” She also highlighted the existing relationship between the UAE and China in all aspects including the Confucius Institute at the University of Dubai which plays an important role in promoting understanding and rapport between the two nations through the provision of Chinese language and culture courses.
Abdul Rahman Matar, one of the officers receiving his certificate said the course gave him the basic language skills to begin a conversation in Chinese and was eager to take the second level of the course which CIUD plans to start on August 26. The second level of the course would include phrases and terms the police might need to use when responding to calls from Chinese expats.
“Most Chinese don’t speak Arabic, so I wanted to learn the language. I want to register for the HSK test!” The HSK test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is a Chinese language proficiency test that is offered through the Confucius Institute.
Since 2004, the Confucius Institute has been promoting the development of multiculturalism and seeking to deepen friendly relations between China and other nations through educational exchange and understanding. There are now more than 300 Confucius Institutes in 105 countries and regions operating around the world. The Confucius Institute at the University of Dubai became the first one to be established in the GCC in 2011.