Rwandan university launches Turkish courses



Turkey’s Yunus Emre Institute, in cooperation with the University of Rwanda, will launch Turkish language courses and cultural and academic exchange programs, Turkey’s envoy to the African country said on Monday. ‘East.

Ambassador Burcu Cevik told Anadolu Agency in an email interview that a delegation led by Yavuz Kartallioglu, director of Turkish language at the Yunus Emre Institute, visited the Rwandan capital Kigali from April 12 to 17 to meet with senior university officials.

Cevik said the institute will soon send a lecturer from Turkey to Kigali to start Turkish lessons at the university.

“Those who wish to learn Turkish for academic and business purposes will soon be able to do so in Rwanda,” she said, adding that the program would most likely start this year.

The diplomat revealed that the Turkish Cultural Institute and the university signed a cooperation agreement in December 2019. “The MoU will be implemented with the launch of Turkish language courses,” she said. .

Cevik added that Turkey has declared 2021 “The Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language,” and that Turkish courses in Rwanda will help bring people from both countries closer together.

“The cooperation will be further strengthened with academic and cultural exchanges, hopefully becoming a fully functioning Turkish cultural and linguistic center within the university,” she said.

Flourishing relationships

Although Turkey only established its embassy in Kigali in 2014, bilateral relations are now at their best, according to Cevik.

The two countries have already signed 20 cooperation agreements in fields ranging from education to trade and investment, she said, adding that Turkey supports Rwanda in its efforts to strengthen its human capital in all. domains.

“Turkey has provided full scholarships for Rwandan students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Turkey. So far, more than 200 Rwandan students have benefited from it. “

The Turkish envoy said that different Turkish institutions offer training to their counterparts in the fields of security and defense. “Very recently, the Turkish Foreign Ministry Academy of Diplomacy organized an online diplomatic training program for 41 newly recruited Rwandan diplomats,” Cevik said.

She explained that Turkey is opening a technical and vocational training college in Rwanda to enable young people to acquire valuable skills.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb

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