Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry has decided to install a sectoral think tank team, comprising specialists in the field and officials of the central administration, in order to make practical proposals regarding the strengthening of the English language, improving the visual and educational activity of the Algerian Higher Education Institute and opening it to the international environment.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Bouzid Tayeb, called the chairmen of the regional seminars of universities, to propose six experts from qualified professors and researchers, especially in linguistics and English, and asked them to provide their data as soon as possible.
Dr. Bouzid Tayeb asserted, in correspondence to the heads of regional seminars of universities, that the inauguration of the sectoral think-tank team, will be within the third week of September, and all parties concerned with this project will be announced.
The inauguration of a joint sectoral thin tank is proposed by a joint action plan, involving representatives of several sectors, with the implementation of the National Symposium of Universities.
Previously, Bouzid Tayeb announced the end of the opinion poll on promoting the use of English in universities and scientific research, and said in his speech at the National Symposium of Universities that was held on August 1st, that the directors of the institutions of the sector received instructions to open the door for substantive discussion to come up with an integrated action plan for the English language enhancement.
The final results of the survey, which was followed by more than one million Algerians through the official website, on the enhancing of the use of English showed that 94,741 people voted for the latter, of whom 94.3% voted “yes” and 5.7% voted “no”.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research asserted that it is necessary to initiate the development of a blueprint for how to promote English in the higher education sector through various universities, institutes and higher schools, including research centers, where he previously referred to its use as a first stage in the training in the field of doctoral research and publishing, in line with what is applicable at the international level.
“The improvement of the scientific status of Algeria and the improvement of university rankings at the international level and opening up to its international environment to attract more foreign students are our main goals”.
The results of the public poll about the promotion of English at universities have caused debate in cultural circles and higher education professors, and some welcomed the importance of developing a strong blueprint to produce positive results that would replace French with English, through long-term planning based on giving the importance to the English language.
Others consider that the decision to promote the English language in universities is full of “populism”, which aimed at liberation from colonial dependence, and without the existence of scientific foundations and in-depth studies of the Algerian reality, the process would fail.