Departments & Institutes
The Department of Arabic Language and Culture
As one of the official languages of the United Nations, Arabic is commonly used in more than twenty countries of South Asia and North Africa, where the glorious Arabic-Islamic culture was firstly born in the ancient time, and has played an influential role in the evolution of world civilization. In recent years, China has rapidly developed close relations and friendships with these Arabic countries in respects of politics, economy, commerce and cultural communication.
The Department of Arabic Language and Culture of Peking University was formerly the Division of Arabic Language and Culture in the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures established in 1946, which is the first Arabic Division among Chinese universities and colleges. In the past half century, the Arabic Department has cultivated a great many talents for many related arenas, gained enormous teaching experience and formed an excellent faculty. The current faculty consists of two professors, seven associate professors and three lecturers, covering the entire teaching and research fields including Arabic Language, Arabic Literature and Arabic Islamic Culture, and is also authorized to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree education.
We provide a four-year education for undergraduates. Our aim is to create practical special talents who are competent for jobs in foreign affairs, foreign trade, international cultural communication, management of enterprises, press, publication, foreign language teaching and studies of foreign problems etc. Our students are expected to command a sound basic knowledge of Arabic language and literature and the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating as well as the knowledge of the society, history, culture, foreign relations, politics and economic situation of the target countries. They are also required to know well the Chinese culture and the world culture, be proficient in Chinese, and cultivate the abilities of independent study and research as well as the adaptability to different posts and positions.
After graduation, our students usually have three options to take: (1) Governmental ministries and committees, and big enterprises; (2) Pursuit of higher education in China through graduate recommendation system (candidates are recommended by their department to pursue a master’s degree without taking the National Graduate Entrance Examination), either in the Arabic Department, or other departments of PKU, or other universities; (3) Pursuit of higher education abroad, usually in Middle East Studies and Arabic Studies.