A private university in Istanbul is taking a step in a progressive direction by using a $23K grant to offer Armenian language courses, starting this month. A doctoral candidate from Armenian will teach the classes. The endeavor is said to be part of a cultural exchange and an effort for Turkey to “dialogue with neighboring countries.”
Using a $23,500 grant from the German Marshall Fund’s Black Sea Trust, Kadir Has University in Istanbul plans to begin offering Armenian language lessons this month.
Serdar Dinler, director of the university’s Center for Lifelong Learning, said by telephone that the course would be taught by a doctoral candidate from Armenia as part of a cultural exchange between countries whose ties have been fraught for a century.