Cairo, MINA – Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt officially teaches Indonesian as a second language at the Faculty of Languages and Translations starting in the academic year 2019/2020.
Indonesian Ambassador to Cairo, Helmy Fauzy, said that among the main objectives of teaching Indonesian in Al-Azhar is the works of Islamic scholars and thinkers in Indonesian could be known by thinkers of the Arab world.
“In addition, these countries also need scholars and preachers from Al-Azhar who master local traditions and culture,” Fauzy said in a press release received by MINA on Saturday, October 12.
“I also thank Al-Azhar for accepting Indonesian as a second language at the Faculty of Languages and Al-Azhar Translation,” said the Ambassador.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor of Al-Azhar University, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Husein Al-Mahrashawi said that teaching Indonesian as a second language is the first step in preparing the opening of Indonesian Study Program at Al-Azhar campus.
He also hopes that students who currently choose Indonesian as a second language will be given an opportunity to study in Indonesia for 2 years so that they can master Indonesian from their source.
Indonesian Embassy in Cairo teamed up with three tertiary institutions (UGM, UIN, UMS) to become the main stakeholders of Indonesian Language teaching human resources at Al-Azhar University.
As a sign of the official beginning of the teaching of Indonesian Language, on Wednesday the Faculty of Languages and Translations at Al-Azhar University in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo held an official celebration. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)