Results of ‘Status Report and the Future of the Arabic Language’ unveiled

Abu Dhabi, Emirati Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development announced the preliminary results of the Status Report and the Future of the Arabic Language, on the UN Arabic Language Day.

In conjunction with the UN Arabic Language Day held annually on December 18, the study was launched last year, as directed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The ministry formed a team of researchers and experts from various Arab universities in charge of compiling and analyzing the research and data across the ten sections of the report, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The reporting findings showed a need for more Arabic academic texts. According to the research, only 10 percent of academic publications under scientific disciplines are published in the Arabic language across the Arab world; this output is not proportional to the number of graduate researchers specializing in these disciplines.

One of the key findings shows that over 60 percent of Arab researchers choose to publish their studies in foreign languages in Western journals to ensure that their content is getting a wider circulation and reaching students globally. Despite their ability to publish in Arabic, 83 percent of researchers in sciences in particular also prefer not to publish in Arabic due to the lack of existing material to build on.

Under the report section entitled, ‘The Arabic Language in New Worlds’, the preliminary results indicated a growing interest in the Arabic language across America, Asia and Europe.

The report also highlighted the popularity of foreign languages that are rising in importance in international schools, which some consider a hindrance to the spread of Arabic. Also, the research reveals that many respondents think that foreign languages are of vital importance for the qualification to most government jobs without the need to master the Arabic language.

The Arabic Language Day was established by the United Nations, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, in 2010. The day seeks to celebrate one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 290 million people speaking it every day.

Source: Bahrain News Agency