KU News Release

May 20, 2011
Contact: Bart Redford, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, 785-864-4248

New grant will expand Turkish language, culture programs at KU

LAWRENCE — The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas has been awarded a three-year grant by the Institute of Turkish Studies to expand Turkish language, literature and culture study at KU.

Founded and incorporated in 1982 in Washington, D.C., the Institute of Turkish Studies is the only nonprofit, private educational foundation in the United States exclusively dedicated to the support and development of Turkish studies in American higher education.

Under the auspices of the Institute of Turkish Studies grant, the center will expand the Turkish curriculum to include a third year of Turkish language study and a course in Turkish literature and culture; increase enrollment in Turkish classes by promoting Turkish language study across campus; broaden KU’s outreach efforts, including exploring online Turkish language instruction with Kansas junior colleges and Kansas businesses that do a significant amount of export to Turkey; and develop Turkish-language study abroad opportunities for KU students.

Over the past decade, KU has built a reputation as the center for Turkish studies in the Central Plains region. The advancement of Turkish studies at KU will broaden the university’s scope in international education and benefit students interested in area studies, business, political science, literature, history and cultural studies.

For more information about the Institute of Turkish Studies, go to www.turkishstudies.org/.

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