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Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Nine - 08 June 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Nine - 08 June 2023 - Page 8

Farsi language taught in 18 Chinese universities: Envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Iran, Chang Hua, announced that the Persian language is currently being taught at 18 Chinese universities.
In a recent tweet, Chang expressed delight over the reciprocal educational efforts, highlighting that the Chinese language is also taught at five universities in Iran. These endeavors signify a growing cultural exchange between the two nations.
In an interview with IRNA, Iran’s Cultural Attaché in China, Abbas Ali Vafaie, shed light on the extensive presence of Persian language and literature courses across more than 18 Chinese universities. Additionally, he emphasized the operation of seven Iranian studies centers within these institutions.
Vafaie further explained that while some universities offer Persian language studies as part of their Oriental studies programs, others provide dedicated courses focusing on the Persian language.
Vafaie delved into the motivations of Chinese individuals to learn Persian, identifying two primary factors. Firstly, the transformation of Iran into a regional powerhouse has sparked interest among others who seek to comprehend the elements of its power. Secondly, the flourishing linguistic, commercial, and economic ties between China and Iran necessitate Chinese entities to engage with their Iranian counterparts, fostering the demand for proficient Persian speakers.
Fortunately, Vafaie remarked that the enthusiasm for learning Persian language and literature has witnessed a substantial surge in recent years, particularly in China. This remarkable development reflects the genuine eagerness and warm reception shown by learners.
Vahid Haddadi-Asl, the Iranian Deputy Minister of Science, highlighted the diverse policies being implemented to strengthen the field of Persian language and literature. The foremost objective is to establish and reinforce Persian language and literature centers in different countries, enhancing their prominence and accessibility.


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