Center of Turkish Language and Literature was opened at IFNUL « International Office

Center of Turkish Language and Literature was opened at IFNUL

MAY 25, 2016 – On May 20, 2016, with the participation of IFNUL Rector, Prof. Volodymyr Melnyk, Ambassador of Turkey to Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel and the Program Coordinator of TIKA in Ukraine Haci Bayram Bolat was held Opening Ceremony of the Center of Turkish Language and Literature at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Department of Oriental Studies named after Yaroslav Dashkevych in 2014 announced a new specialty at the bachelor level program “Turkish Language and Literature”, which immediately attracted the attention of students. Every year the number of students willing to study Turkish increases, therefore, in order to create favorable conditions to study of oriental languages at our university, including Turkish, IFNUL conducted major repairs and furnishing of premises assigned to the Department of Oriental Studies. These premises were also equipped with modern multimedia equipment. Large-scale works were carried out in the framework of international technical assistance project with the financial support of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Turkey.

During the inauguration of the Center, the Program Coordinator of TIKA in Ukraine Haci Bayram Bolat expressed his hope that such a material base would facilitate the training of students and would help to create a new generation of youth that would deepen cultural relations between Ukraine and Turkey and actively participate in the preservation and study of common cultural heritage, especially in Western Ukraine.

IFNUL Rector thanked to Turkish colleagues for active support and interest in development cooperation. “Our cooperation is developing successfully and we already have some concrete results”, – said Prof. Melnyk and expressed his hope for the continuation and deepening of cooperation with the Embassy of Turkey and Turkish academic institutions. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Ukraine Yönet Can Tezel said that Lviv University takes active part in joint Ukrainian-Turkish activities. One example he called was a joint conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the participation of Turkish troops in the fighting in Galicia in 1916-1917, which took place on May 19, 2016 in Lviv.


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