(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) One of the higher education learning outcomes is to enable students command the minimum skills of English language regardless of their specialization, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the UAE University (UAEU), has said.
''We are committed to create a creative system that draws its essence from the best international ideas, experiences and practices and cultivates constructive relations with international education institutions. That system should focus on developing individual's capacities and equip him with the required skills.
''English is advancing the student's social role as a head of family in future. English is today the most effective channel of communication and interaction between peoples and cultures and who he speaks it fluently can communicate with others and present the bright image of our society,'' he said.
Sheikh Nahyan was answering a question raised by a Federal National Council member about the need of English tests for students wishing to enroll in Arabic and Islamic studies in the UAE University. MP Salam Mohammed Al Ameri said prospective applicants must achieve a score of 500 in TOEFL and band 5 in IELTS although the learning language is Arabic. The prerequisite, he said, led students to join oversees universities that don't ask them to sit for these tests. He asked if the there is any intention to waive that requirement? ''A dynamic higher education system is a key factor to ascertain the UAE's pivotal role in the region and the world at large. The UAE recognises the success of national development needs of highly educated citizens to compete strongly at national, regional and international levels.
He added that the University has diverse resources for learning English, the language of learning, science and knowledge.
''We want our students to learn other languages for their benefit .......
it is not a hard target to reach and we are trying our best to help students.'' '' Passing these tests serves both the student and his community and empowers students to join the field of work they like most.
''The UAEU will consider this matter ....... we have gained international recognitions that many countries didn't have .......... we can also take advice of the house education committee,'' he concluded.