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Cultural Diplomacy Push from YEE

20.06.2017 854 Okunma Sayısı

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Prof. Dr. Ateş said, "We intend to open the Cultural Diplomacy Academy for non-governmental organizations or governmental institutions to be assigned abroad."

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü (YEE) President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş informed the AA correspondent about the Cultural Diplomacy Academy established by the Enstitü.

Noting that Turkey has not yet established an infrastructure to carry out cultural diplomacy abroad, Ateş stated that qualified personnel is required for this purpose. Ateş underlined that in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, YEE is in the establishment process but they need people who know Spanish and Portuguese and who can represent the Enstitü at the same time. Ateş stated that for this reason, they  established a cultural diplomacy academy under the foundation at the end of last year, and that their aim is to cater to their own needs first through the academy.

Ateş spoke as follows:"Every institution sends personnel abroad but we need individuals who possess the knowledge, particularly about intercultural communication, and who can internalize it. This is why we intend to open the Cultural Diplomacy Academy to non-governmental organizations or governmental institutions to be assigned to abroad."

Emphasizing that Turkey's region has invariably had a culture at the crossing point of all civilizations throughout history, Ateş continued as follows:

"In a sense, YEE's work is to form a network of relation and communication that will contribute to Turkey's foreign affairs and international relations in international relations. That is, the foreign ministries often sign bilateral agreements with different countries which concentrates the efforts on topics such as commercial and human exchange; Yunus Emre builds a bridge between people. So YEE attempts to forge a link between Turkey and other countries by way of its centres. "

“Repelling the Coup Attempt was an Extraordinary Achievement”

Underlining that they both attempt to carry out the agenda of the central office and organize activities that country needs and establish ties between the two countries, Ateş stated that they hold an average of thousand activities on a yearly basis.

Marking that they increased the number of activities following the failed coup attempt, Ateş pointed out that they have organized 1200 activities in less than a year.

Noting that Turkey should not have an image as a country dealing only with its own issues, Ateş said, “Repelling the coup at attempt was an extraordinary achievement. Many countries are inspired by the fact that this attempt failed. Those who staged the coup have realized that the Turkish people would not allow it.”