Presidency's Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun stated that they were very pleased by journalists' extraordinary interest from numerous countries all over the world, ranging from the United States of America to China, Argentina to Yemen, to the Turkish language course programme they had launched for the first time for international media members.
51 media members from 28 different countries have applied to the online Turkish learning course launched by the Presidency's Directorate of Communications in collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute for resident international media members in Türkiye.
The course, which will be offered biweekly by expert lecturers, will last for a total of 72 hours.
During his opening speech at the inauguration of the online course, Director of Communications Altun stated that they had taken numerous steps to facilitate press members' professional activities and contribute to their professional and social development.
Explaining that they increased international media members' access to decision-makers and the field through holding media briefings and press tours, Altun expressed that they were very pleased by journalists' extraordinary interest from numerous countries all over the world, ranging from the United States of America to China, Argentina to Yemen, to the Turkish learning program they had launched for the first time.
Altun emphasised that Türkiye, which had developed into a regional power under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's strong leadership, has become a key solution partner in all major issues confronting humanity.
Noting that Türkiye's rising profile, attractive geographical location, robust infrastructure and dynamic social structure had increasingly attracted international press members' attention, Altun said that these characteristics had rendered Istanbul one of the world's prominent media hubs.
Stating that the Presidency's Directorate of Communications had accredited a total of 258 international media members from 36 countries and 151 institutions worldwide to cover Türkiye and the regional developments, Altun concluded, "These international media members serve in various parts of Türkiye, the most notable of which are Ankara and Istanbul. We recognise that this situation presents a significant opportunity for countries like Türkiye, which have a story to tell, and we pay utmost attention to the fact that international media members will have the opportunity to contact people from all walks of life in our society through learning Turkish. It is evident that journalists serving for the question of truth will execute their duties even more competently when they learn the language of the society in which they reside."
"Our greatest expectation from our Turkish courses is to share the notion of love and unity"
President of the Yunus Emre Institute Şeref Ateş said in his speech, "I am overjoyed to be a part of such a program in which we will get to know one another culturally and facilitate interaction."
Stating that as an institute upholding the principle of " Come, let us all be friends (Gelin Tanış Olalım)", it was a great pleasure for them to get acquainted with the resident international media members in Türkiye and to ensure that they gained a better understanding of the country, Ateş noted that they view each Turkish course offered by the institute as a means of better understanding different people, cultures, and one another.
Underlining that the only way to survive the Covid pandemic that affected the whole world was through unity, and the destructive competition to dominate or eliminate should be replaced by collaboration and a sense of sharing, Ateş said, "Yunus Emre, who also experienced hardships during his life, had viewed humans and other living beings as a part of a whole and placed humans at the heart of his philosophy. We, as an institute, believe that our mission is to spread love and unite hearts in the same way that Yunus did."
Indicating that they aspire to spread this understanding, which guides all of their efforts, throughout the world, Ateş stated, "Our greatest expectation from this course and our Turkish courses, which we had to continue online due to Covid, that enable us to reach out to the whole world, is to share and spread this understanding of love and unity. Learning a new language means directly communicating with a new culture. Today, you are embarking on an adventurous journey to be personally acquainted with a new culture. This time, as the saying goes, you will get to know our country, where we are honoured to host you, in every word, every essence, and you will be acquainted with its spirit and life philosophy."
Noting that a crucial step would have been taken towards effective Turkish speaking at the end of the course, Ateş stated the following:
"Thereafter, a more exciting discovery will be awaiting you. You will not need the assistance of others to learn about our people, language, rich literature, delicious cuisine, streets, colourful music and world-famous Turkish series, and you will enjoy knowing and learning about us first-hand. At the same time, learning Turkish will not only open the heart and doors of Türkiye for you, but this magical Turkish language will also open the doors and hearts of people in an extensive area, from the Adriatic to the Great Wall of China. Your knowledge of Turkish will enable you to communicate in the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. As Yunus puts it, 'A visit to the heart is best of all'."