MUSCAT: College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) introduced a Japanese language course on Monday.

A press release stated that the formal launch of the course was held at SQU in the presence of Dr Ali bin Saud al Bemani, vice chancellor, SQU, and H E George Hisaeda, Ambassador of Japan to Oman. The course will be offered in two batches with two contact hours per week. Each batch will have 25 to 30 students.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bemani said that Omanis are good at learning languages and many of them speak more than one language. “I hope that the students will show enthusiasm in learning Japanese language at the university. This will also help enhance the strong ties between the sultanate and Japan,” he said.

H E Hisaeda thanked SQU and said, “Introduction of the Japanese language at the national university of Oman is important for both countries, and I hope it will help to deepen the mutual understanding between the countries.” The Ambassador also assured continued support from the Embassy of Japan for the course.

This is the fifth foreign language to be introduced by the College of Arts and Social Sciences after German, French, Persian and Italian. Dr Abdullah Khamis al Kindi, dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences, said, “Learning this language will give our students the opportunity to understand more about the Japanese civilisational and cultural values, particularly those of tolerance, dialogue and loyalty.”

Dr Kindi added that the college would continue its efforts to introduce more languages.