Turkey approves Kurdish institute at university

The goal of the institute will be to train academicians in the above mentioned languages.

Turkey approves Kurdish institute at university

Turkey's Higher Education Board has approved an application to open a Kurdish institute, its chairman said on Thursday, part of the government's efforts to expand rights.

The board will permit Mardin Artuklu University in the mainly Kurdish southeast to establish a faculty to instruct in the Kurdish language, Yusuf Ziya Ozcan told reporters.

With the new institute, Artuklu University will be able to offer programs in Kurdish, Persian, Arabic and Assyrian languages.

The goal of the institute will be to train academicians in the above mentioned languages.

Artuklu University may be able to offer graduate and post-graduate degrees in the aforementioned languages.

Kurdish was banned until 1991 and its use in the public sphere is still restricted in Turkey.

A private university in Istanbul introduced a course in Kurdish, which is related to Persian, during the last academic year and private schools have offered evening courses.

Agencies

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