Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University launches six-level Chinese proficiency test

This is inline with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s directives to teach the Chinese language at Saudi schools and universities. (File/SPA)
Updated 18 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University launches six-level Chinese proficiency test

  • Applications for registration for the test are being received via the KAU’s official website

JEDDAH: King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) on Sunday launched a Chinese language proficiency test under the supervision of KAU’s Chinese Science and Culture Exchange Center.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test is the first of its kind in the Kingdom. The six-level test assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ ability to use the language in their daily and academic lives.

It is one of various programs provided by the Chinese Science and Culture Exchange Center, including training courses and academic trips to China supervised by Chinese language specialists.

KAU’s vice president for educational affairs, Dr. Abdul Moneim bin Abdul Salam Al-Hayani, praised the center’s efforts, which come in response to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s directives to teach the Chinese language at Saudi schools and universities.

The aim is to promote cultural and academic exchange programs between KAU and distinguished Chinese universities, Al-Hayani said.

The KAU’s dean of student affairs, Dr. Masoud bin Mohammed Al-Qahtani, said providing the HSK test is in line with the directives of the Saudi leadership to teach the Chinese language at schools and universities.  

Applications for registration for the test are being received via the KAU’s official website, and several training programs will be launched, he added. 


Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program

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Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program

  • The initiative aims to give pleasure and joy in the hearts of Hajj guests
  • The state aims at providing the pilgrims the highest desired services which are in line with the tremendous developments that the country is witnessing

DUBAI: In presence of the Board of Directors and the Women's Committee, the undersecretary of the Hajj Ministry for Religious Affairs Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif sponsored “Al-Zamzami Al Sagheer” initiative and program launched by Al-Zamazema office.

The Deputy Chairman of the Board and Spokesperson of the office Amir bin Faisal Obaid said that the initiative, which is overseen by the Department of Communication and Information at the office, aims to give pleasure and joy in the hearts of Hajj guests and teaching children the importance of their service. He added that the program received positive feedback from pilgrims.

Obaid stated that the history of the watering profession began since the time of Abdul-Muttalib bin Hashim, grandfather of the Prophet Mohammed who inherited this profession to serve the pilgrims, generation after another.

The state aims at providing the pilgrims the highest desired services which goes in line with the tremendous developments that the country is witnessing under the guidance of its leader King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and His Highness Crown Prince, stating that that the office provides its services to all pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom by offering them Zamzam water since their arrival to the Holy land until their departure date.

This happens through three major programs of action in its operational plan and several related subprograms and that the office works under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to achieve their target.