For the first time in Europe, a professorship in Arab culture is being awarded by Leiden University in the Netherlands to the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation.
December 16, 2017
The "Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation" is set to inaugurate the "Albabtain Professorship in Arab Culture" at Leiden University in the Netherlands at the beginning of January next year. This professorship represents the first time that Leiden University has granted such an academic position to a cultural foundation.
The professorship is specialized in teaching and research in the field of Arabic language and culture. It encompasses a series of seminars and courses at the master's and doctoral levels, as well as supervision of research projects related to Arab culture. Furthermore, public lectures on Arabic language and culture will be offered to those interested in exploring the Arab culture. Albabtain Professorship also serves as a platform for disseminating knowledge about the components of Arab culture throughout history and the present, allowing for a deeper understanding of various aspects of Arab culture across different domains. The professorship is under the supervision of Professor Petra Sijpesteijn, head of the Arabic Language and Culture Department at Leiden University.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Foundation, stated that this recognition of the Foundation through the establishment of the professorship is unprecedented. It follows the official licensing granted to the Foundation by the European Union, which has led to various activities conducted by the Foundation in collaboration with universities, civil society institutions, and UN-affiliated organizations.
With the establishment of this professorship, the Foundation aims to address the world through the highest academic degrees. Graduates from this program are expected to have a more significant impact and presence in their communities and to spread knowledge among students at universities, which the Foundation views as the intellectual driving force for societies. Consequently, the global dissemination of the message of peace initiated by the Foundation recently necessitates the presence of such a professorship to authentically convey Arab culture through enlightened minds.