Qatar University has taken steps to fully implement the Supreme Education Council’s decision to make Arabic the medium of instruction.
Some undergraduate courses like business and economics, law, mass communications and international affairs which were earlier taught in English are being offered in Arabic as of fall 2012 semester. This is in addition to the programmes that were already taught in Arabic before the SEC decision was announced in January.
The university has taken many initiatives to implement the SEC decision smoothly by involving academics, students and colleges, as well as the university curriculum committee.
“The university undertook an extensive communication and education programme to help students and faculty understand the decree and its implications for all relevant programmes,” Dr Sheikha bint Jabor Al Thani, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Qatar University told The Peninsula.
A university committee including deans of relevant colleges was immediately formed to make necessary changes in curriculum and language of instruction. Also several specific actions had been taken for the efficient implementation of the SEC decision smoothly. It includes a revised study plans were approved and sent to the Students Record and Registration for implementation, emails were sent to students to explain the procedures of the decree implementation and FAQs were developed, based on queries received from students. They were sent as email broadcasts and posted on the students’ affairs website.
“Meanwhile, revised study plans were developed and sent to the relevant departments for immediate delivery to all students affected by the decree,” said Dr Al Thani, who is responsible for the general supervision of all academic programmes, research, continuing education and libraries of Qatar University.
The Foundation Programme too, like other programmes in the university has been re-drawn. It has be reduced from two years to one, offering an intensive English programme that is dynamic and attuned to individual student needs.
Students entering programmes which are taught in Arabic will no longer require Foundation or English proficiency tests as entry criteria. However, for the engineering, pharmacy and science disciplines, instruction will continue to be in English and students will be required to pass the Foundation English course.
The revised structure of the Foundation Programme which reduces it to one year does not require students to achieve minimum scores in IELTS or TOEFL proficiency tests, and allows for a passing score of 70 percent in the Programme for students to be eligible to enrol in their respective college or programme.
These policies apply to undergraduate programmes only. Graduate programmes at Qatar University will be taught in Arabic or English depending on the nature of the specialisation and will require language proficiency tests as relevant to the coursework.
source: The Peninsula
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