The director of Turkey's state-run Yunus Emre Institute in Johannesburg stated that South Africans are showing a growing interest in Turkish language and culture. He noted that since their office is located on a very busy street everyday they are welcoming every day many people at their offices asking about Turkish culture.
The Director Mr. Yiğit also stated that there are already more than 50 students who are registered to Turkish courses in the 2019 academic year. Even the institution was opened just a year ago there is a growing number of visitors.
Yiğit said the institute, inaugurated in October 2017 also aims to promote mutual relations between Turkey and South Africa through cultural exchanges. In 2017, six South African students are sent to Turkey to improve their knowledge of Turkish language and culture and 2018 a media studies student from a South African university is sent to Turkey to attend a Turkish cinema festival. The institution has students of all ages. Courses on the Turkish language, calligraphy and Ebru, or paper marbling workshops are at the service for those who are interested. The institute is also promoting the educational opportunities in Turkey for South Africans people. The first Turkish library in sub-Saharan Africa is also put on service for both South African and Turkish researchers.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Yunus Emre Institute has taught Turkish to more than 99,000 people in 40 countries. Named after the influential poet Yunus Emre, the institute now has around 50 cultural centers around the world, offering artistic, social and scientific programs.
Last Updated: 3.5.2019 18:53:27