At the end of the visit of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia announced on the 23rd that it will include Chinese in all courses of the Saudi Kingdom to make its education more diverse. The Saudi media believes that this move is aimed at implementing the results of the Crown Prince's visit to China and strengthening the relationship between Saudi Arabia and China.
According to Saudi Arabia's Araba TV station on the 24th, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement: In order to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China, and deepen the strategic partnership at all levels, it is agreed to include Chinese in Saudi schools and Relevant courses at all stages of university education. The Saudi Arabian News reported that the agreement was reached during the Crown Prince's visit to China with the aim of promoting the cultural diversity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and opening up new educational horizons for students of different educational stages. The Saudi side believes that learning Chinese will become a bridge between the two countries and help to promote trade and cultural ties between the two peoples.
Saudi Okaz reported that Saudi schools and universities have opened a green light for setting up Chinese classes. Soon, the two ancient languages, Chinese and Arabic, will appear in the classrooms of Saudi schools.
At present, foreign language courses offered by various schools in Saudi Arabia are very limited. In the various stages of education before the university, the foreign language courses in Saudi Arabia have no language other than English. Compared with many other Arab countries, Saudi Arabia is more conservative in this respect. In addition to English, Egyptian high schools also have second foreign language courses in French, Italian, Spanish and German for students to choose. In the past two years, Saudi Arabia is working hard to open a variety of foreign language courses to improve the status quo of foreign language education. The Arab News reported that the opening of Chinese classes will also help to achieve the goals of the Saudi 2030 vision in the field of education.
The Saudi News Agency said that Saudi Arabia plans to train Chinese language teachers and prepare relevant textbooks, and use Chinese as the second foreign language course in high school. It is expected that the scale of learning will expand in the future. According to reports, the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will prepare to send the first batch of teachers to study Chinese in China and master the teaching methods of Chinese.
The Saudis expressed different opinions on social media for the upcoming Chinese language courses. Some people worry that because of the difficulty of learning Chinese, the pressure on students may increase. But most people believe that in the future world, Chinese will be as popular and important as English, and Saudis learn Chinese because of the requirements of the times.