Three Ethiopian Universities to Offer Turkish Language: Yunus Emre Institute

After attending Turkish at one of the three universities, successful students will be eligible to join summer school courses in Turkish, says Yunus Emre Institute

By Meltem Bulur & Faruk Zorlu (Anadolu Agency)

ANKARA–A Turkish state institute will start to teach Turkish in three universities in Ethiopia, the institute said on Saturday (27 January 2018).

Turkish will be taught at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, Mekelle University, and Wollo University, as part of a Turcology project launched by Turkey’s Yunus Emre Institute (YEE).

Yunus Emre Institute will teach Turkish at the universities under a cultural and academic cooperation pact signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome Wirtu during his visit to the capital Ankara of Turkey last February.

Students who do well in the courses will be eligible to attend a Turkish summer school organized by the institute.

Yunus Emre Foundation is a world-wide non-profit organization created by the Turkish government in 2007 to promote Turkey, Turkish language, its history and culture and art, make such related information and documents available for use in the world, provide services abroad to people who want to have education in the fields of Turkish language, culture and art, to improve the friendship between Turkey and other countries and increase the cultural exchange. Starting to operate in 2009, Yunus Emre Institute has more than 40 cultural centres abroad.  Apart from the Turkish education given in the cultural centres, Turkology departments and Turkish teaching are supported with the co-operations made with different educational institutions in different countries. 

The institute provides services abroad to improve friendship between Turkey and other countries and increase cultural exchanges.

Since its establishment in 2009, the institute has taught Turkish to nearly 100,000 people in 43 countries.

Named after the 13th century poet Yunus Emre, it now has nearly 54 cultural centers around the world offering artistic, social and scientific programs.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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