Turkish University Seeks Armenian Speaking Faculty

NEVSEHIR, Turkey (Hurriyet)–Turkey’s Nevsehir University is looking for Armenian-speaking academics for its Armenian Culture and Literature Faculty, the university’s rector has said.

Turkey’s Higher Board of Education (YOK) announced last December it would be opening Armenian language and literature departmen’s at universities throughout the country.

Professor Filiz Kilic said the rector’s office of Nevsehir University has obtained the YOK’s, permission to set up an Armenian Department but due to their inability to find Armenian speaking academics, the department is not operational.

Kilic spoke to the Anatolia news agency about the university’s efforts to find Armenian-speaking academics in order to accept students in the department and pointed to the university’s ties to the Turkish Language Foundation and Turkish History Foundation as possible options in its search for personnel.

"We have searched for academics who would be able to lecture in the Armenian Culture and Literature Faculty but could not find one in Turkey," Kilic said.

"Now we are searching in Azerbaijan. We have Armenian texts but we do not have anyone to translate them," he said, adding that they need at least three academics in order to open the faculty.

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