Abu Dhabi: Outstanding students of the International Certificate of Proficiency in Arabic (CIMA) will be celebrated for their excellence in the language at an award ceremony.
Organized as a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and the Paris-based Institute du Monde Arabe (IMA), CIMA certificate is the 1st recognized certification to evaluate proficiency in modern standard Arabic.
An update on the matter was shared at a gathering held at the Alliance Française Abu Dhabi headquarters in the presence of;
- Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to the UAE President and the Chancellor of UAE University
- Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC
- Antoine Delcourt, Belgian Ambassador to the UAE
- Sultan Al Hajji, President of the Alliance Française Abu Dhabi
- Hugo Henry Ceylan, French Cultural Advisor
- Saeed Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC and
- Franck Trouilloud, Director of Alliance Française
INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ARABIC
The exam offers a benchmark for individuals who want to assess their level of language proficiency in order to study, apply for jobs, or for other purposes. Candidates must pass an academic test to demonstrate their Arabic language skills before receiving their certificates.
The Alliance Française administers tests and are in charge of the test sites for the CIMA certificate in the UAE. The certificates are with a three-year validity period.
The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre will soon hold a ceremony at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi to recognize the exam’s best performers.
The ALC Chairman further added that, “Today we celebrate the achievement of a distinguished group of candidates from various disciplines with a CIMA certificate, which confirms Arabic’s great importance among the languages of the world.”
Dr. Bin Tamim pointed out that the IMA is the perfect partner to assist the ALC in promoting the Arabic language internationally, increasing its usage in France and Europe, and emphasizing its crucial contribution to world culture.
In accordance with the agreement between the ALC and the IMA, Alliance Française will promote the exam, keep track of the quantity of applicants each year and their competence levels, and disseminate data on important performance indicators.
In order to promote the Arabic language, the ALC and IMA will also conduct joint events with other international organizations. They will expand their cooperation on knowledge sharing by taking part in conferences, working together on publications and programs, and hosting cultural events.
A cooperative action plan for publishing reports on the Arabic language and its use across Europe was also agreed upon by the two sides.