Two committees specializing in strengthening the use of the English language were set up on Tuesday in Algiers, in the higher education and scientific research sector, at all levels, to examine the potential offered with a view to bringing this process to a successful conclusion and developing a strategy applicable in the field.
The two relevant committees were established during a meeting chaired by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Tayeb Bouzid.
It concerns an inter-sectoral committee responsible for initiating reflection and examining the strengthening of the use of the English language in relevant fields as well as a Committee on Higher Education and Scientific Research which takes charge of the means of consolidating the English language and ensuring the modalities of its gradual use in the spheres of training, particularly in research and doctorate studies.
The latter should extend the debate to all academic institutions, in order to set up a “global and complete” program for these two committees, which will be submitted to the Minister and then to the Government.
In the meantime, the two committees will present their preliminary conclusions within a one month time frame.
In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the meeting, the minister said that such projects extend over the “long term”, noting the need to attract foreign students in order to generate revenue for the benefit of the University and the Algerian state.
“University studies are considered throughout the world as an economic activity”, he argued, citing, for example, the United States where university enrolments alone generate USD 59 billion, “hence our interest in attracting foreign students willing to pursue their studies in English, as their enrolment fees will benefit the University and the Algerian State”.
Algeria, which is not the first to use this experience, was preceded in this field by Vietnam, China and the Netherlands, he recalled.