Despite Covid-19-related restrictions, the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities was able to maintain its focus on promoting the use of Arabic in European universities at this year’s annual summer school.
Launched in 2014, the school’s events aim at facilitating exchanges between young and established scholars and at fostering the use of Arabic as an active academic language in Arabic studies in European universities.
“I was able to look closely at a number of interdisciplinary research projects, all presented in Arabic, although they were originally written in a foreign language,” said Dani Nassif, a Lebanese Ph.D. candidate at Germany’s University of Münster.
Nassif, who was also the technical coordinator of the summer school’s events this year, even saw a silver lining in the Covid-19 restrictions which meant that all sessions and workshops had to be held online.
“This is my first time to participate in organizing an online academic event in all its aspects,” he said. “This helped me develop many skills to deal with new challenges, like organizing and coordinating online sessions, and recording and sharing presentation videos on the Internet.”