The Embassy of Italy is upgrading the Italian language programmes at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) to further promote cultural and academic bilateral cooperation between Italy and the sultanate and to open new professional opportunities for Omani students.
On Monday, an Italian language readership was inaugurated at the Tourism Department of the College of Arts and Social Sciences of SQU. The programme is aimed at elective students of all SQU faculties, starting from beginners’ level.
The readership will offer a structured and long-term learning approach and give students an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of the Italian language and culture. The readership is the result of a collaboration between Oman’s Ministry of Education, SQU and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs aiming to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the fields of linguistics and academia.
Under the guidance of Prof Caterina Mirasolo, winner of a national selection programme conducted in Italy by its Ministry of Education, the Italian readership adds further scope of teaching Italian language at SQU.
The establishment of the Italian readership will allow SQU students to acquire language skills that can be used professionally in the various sectors where Italy and Oman collaborate.
Many Italian companies are active in the sultanate and almost 60,000 Italian tourists arrive every year, attracted by the rich cultural heritage and amazing landscape of Oman. Knowledge of Italian will open up new employment opportunities for students in the fields of tourism, hospitality, industry and commerce, besides culture.
Mastering Italian also gives students the opportunity to continue their studies in many Italian universities that are open to international students, which provide world-class teaching with courses in Italian and English in sectors such as engineering, medicine, architecture, economics and arts.
Thanks to the readership at SQU, information on access to Italian universities and to the opportunities for scholarships offered by Italy will also be more accessible to Omani students.
The readership begins in 2021, the 700th death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language, to whom Italy will dedicate a number of cultural programmes throughout the world. Among these is a plan to establish an Italian language school in Muscat dedicated to Alighieri to allow all Omanis to take Italian courses.