The event was organized by the Chair of Arabic Studies of YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies. Since 2011, the International Arabic Language Day has traditionally been celebrated annually. Ambassadors of Arab countries in Armenia were present at the event this year.
The welcoming speech was made by YSU Vice-rector on Scientific Policy and International Cooperation Gegham Gevorgyan: “The Chair of Arabic Studies is the educational institution in the republic, which deals not only with the teaching of Arabic language, but also with the history of the Arab people, culture and regional studies. The Chair of Arabic Studies has greatly contributed to the establishment and development of Armenian-Arab relations.”
Students from the Chair of Arabic Studies presented Arabic poetry and songs. They also spoke about the countries where students of YSU Chair of Arabic Studies have the opportunity to attend linguistic training.
Dean of YSU Faculty of Oriental Studies Ruben Melkonyan congratulated on the occasion of the International Arabic Language Day and mentioned that the Chair of YSU Arabic Studies has traditionally been and remains one of the main centers of Arabic studies in the region whose graduates occupy an important place in scientific and analytical, political and educational life.
“The Chair of Arabic Studies is considered to be the only and most important center in Armenia where Arabic is taught at a high level,” - said Ruben Melkonyan and highlighted the fact that the specialists of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, particularly the Chair of Arabic Studies, formulate important ideas in the Armenian scientific and analytical field about the Arab countries and the events taking place there.
In the second part of the event a competition of essays on Arabic language took place. The winning student will travel to Egypt for a month to be trained. The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Yerevan donated Yerevan-Dubai air tickets to 5 participants of the contest. The other participants received other gifts.
It should be noted that since 1995, a number of YSU students and lecturers have participated in training courses in several Arab countries: Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt. Today Armenian students leave for Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt to study. Morocco also provides with the opportunity to participate in a three-month summer course.