Posted on February 22, 2016

The Student Activities Department at Qatar University (QU) hosted a visit on February 14-21 by a delegation comprising 14 students and one supervisor from the Students’ International Communication Association (SICA) at Peking University (PKU).

Organized in conjunction with the Embassy of China to Qatar and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), the visit was part of the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture exchange program launched by Qatar Ministry of Culture and Sports, and QMA with the aim to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries. It also came in line with the establishment of a partnership between QU and PKU in 2014 which included the launch of a State of Qatar Chair in Middle East Studies at the latter institution.

The delegation was joined by 10 QU students from the colleges of Arts & Sciences (CAS), Business & Economics (CBE), and Law (LAWC). They attended a series of lectures provided by QU assistant professor of international affairs Dr Imad Mansour, professor of political science Dr Larbi Sadiki, and associate professor of mass communication Dr Haydar Badawi Sadig, and discussed issues related to international relations between the GCC and China, media in the Arab world, and Qatar history and social aspects. The visitors also participated in a workshop on Arabic calligraphy at the Museum of Islamic Art, and had the opportunity to visit landmark sites in Qatar such as Katara Cultural Village, Souq Waqif, Education City and Musheireb Museums, as well as the Chinese Embassy and Brookings Doha Center.

Participation certificates were given to the students at the closing ceremony on February 21 in the presence of QU president Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham and Chinese ambassador to Qatar H.E. Li Chen, as well as members of QU community. QU VP for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji said: “We are pleased to bring students from Qatar and China together to foster better understanding of each country’s culture, history, language, and society. Both countries boast rich traditions and a vibrant cultural heritage, and these students are the fitting ambassadors to contribute to strengthening ties of goodwill, respect and friendship in this year celebrating Qatar-China relations.” 

QMA director of Public and International Relations Mr Mohammed Al Othman said: “It is our pleasure to be working in partnership with Qatar University and Peking University, to bring together students from Qatar and China and to facilitate learning, understanding and communication between the youth of our two great nations as part of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture.” 4th-year undergraduate finance student from CBE Lulwa Almalki said: “It was a great opportunity to represent Qatar and Qatar University and  share with our visitors the beauty of the Qatari culture.  In turn, I was pleased to learn about Chinese culture and to get a better understanding of Chinese traditions.”

1st-year undergraduate Arabic language student from PKU School of Foreign Languages Xiao Yida said: “I was pleased to be part of these activities in this multicultural program which brings together students from various specialties from universities in China and the Arab world.”