Turkology department to open at Lebanese University
BEIRUT – Anadolu Agency
AA photoTurkey’s Yunus Emre Foundation has cooperated with the Lebanese University to open a “Turkology” department at the Beirut-based university.
The joint announcement of the opening was made on May 17 at the Lebanese University’s main campus in Beirut with the participation of Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Çağatay Erciyes, the director of the foundation’s Yunus Emre Institute, Cengiz Eroğlu, and Lebanese University President Adnan al-Sayed Hussein.
An official ceremony to sign the partnership agreement will take place in Ankara in July after Ramadan, Erciyes told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
The ambassador praised the initiative, which he said would “strengthen relations and mutual cooperation between Lebanon and Turkey.”
Eroğlu said the institute would provide the university with new academic staff while also working to promote academic research on the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey.
The Yunus Emre Turkish Culture Center, which is named after a 13th-century Turkish poet and Sufi mystic, works to promote Turkish language, culture, art and history in different parts of the world.