International students visit Turkey to improve Turkish skills
by Anadolu Agency
ISTANBULJul 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Anadolu Agency
Jul 19, 2016 12:00 am
The Yunus Emre Institute, which carries out international projects to promote Turkish language and culture, will this summer bring 550 Turkish language course students from around the world to Turkey. President Şeref Ateş said that the institute is continuing their hard work to promote Anatolian culture in the best way. Ateş said that the institute began its works in the Balkans at first, but they now operate in Europe, East Asian countries, the Americas and Africa as well.
"The Turkish language continues to be self-confident and the language of science. We are at work to establish a Turkish language preparatory class for medical training in Sudan and Somali, which will be taught entirely in Turkish. We have signed the necessary protocols and assigned our instructors. Starting with the 2016-2017 academic year, certain hospitals in Sudan and Somali will begin to offer medical training to students in Turkish."
The Yunus Emre Institute collaborates with more than 80 universities in China, Japan, Belgium, Malaysia and Lebanon, working to establish a Turkish language department at these universities or to offer courses in Turkish as a foreign language. As the institute does every year, hundreds of students chosen from thousands of Turkish trainees around the world are hosted in Turkey, to learn about Anatolian culture and develop their Turkish abilities. Ateş said that the students that will visit Turkey this year know enough Turkish to carry out their daily lives, adding: "This summer we will host 550 students from 40 different countries. They will take Turkish language courses in Turkey's 81 provinces for a month. They will be involved in cultural programs as well." Following the program, the students will participate in a Turkish language festival in Istanbul, which will be organized by the institute. "Visiting Turkey was a dream for most of these people. Once they get to know the Turkish language and culture, they become more eager to come and visit Turkey."