By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 22, 2012
As China is becoming an economic and financial hub, there is a growing enthusiasm for learning the Chinese language in Arab countries. In Morocco, the demand for Chinese language and its culture has significantly increased over the past few years.
According to Yang Gang, the head master of “the Confucius Institute” at the University Mohammed V in Rabat, “the number of Moroccans who want to learn about China and Chinese language continues to increase.
In light of this unprecedented interest shown by Moroccans to learn Chinese, a number of Chinese language proficiency tests will be held in Morocco.
The Confucius Institute at the University Mohammed V organized the first proficiency test of Chinese on April 14, in Rabat, the Moroccan capital.
More than 100 people participated in the test, including students from the Confucius Institute, amateurs of the Chinese language and diplomats accredited in Morocco.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Mohammed V is the first Confucius Institute in Morocco. It was established in December 2009.
In addition to learning the Chinese language, the Institute is also engaged in organizing a number of cultural activities on the occasion of the traditional Chinese holidays, such as Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, which is traditionally held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.
To meet the growing demand to learn Chinese language among Moroccans, a branch of the Confucius Institute was recently established at the “University Hassan II”, in Casablanca.