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Xinjiang Varsities to Add Farsi, Urdu Curriculums
Xinjiang Varsities to Add Farsi, Urdu Curriculums

Xinjiang Varsities to Add Farsi, Urdu Curriculums

Xinjiang Varsities to Add Farsi, Urdu Curriculums

Two universities in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region will add Urdu and Farsi (Persian) to their undergraduate curriculum. The Shihezi University and Xinjiang Normal University based in Urumqi are setting up Urdu and Farsi departments, respectively, and will start enrolling students nationwide this summer, according to a Shihezi University press release. Farsi is the official language in Iran and Tajikistan and a major language in Afghanistan. Currently, only six universities in China offer Farsi as a major, producing around 500 people proficient in the language. Xinjiang’s increasing cooperation in trade and counterterrorism measures with Farsi-speaking countries required more advanced language learners, the press release said, paktribune.com reported.

 

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