Yunus Emre Institute establishes first Turkish library in Al-Azhar University

13/03/2019

Yunus Emre Institute's Cairo branch has established the first Turkish library at Al-Azhar University in cooperation with Al-Azhar University.

The library that contains Turkish books from various fields and teaching sets was delivered at a ceremony attended by Yunus Emre Institute Cairo Branch Director Emin Boyraz, Al-Azhar University Language and Translation Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Taha Bedri, Turkish Language Department Head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazim Said and lecturers from the Turkish Language Department.

In his keynote speech, Yunus Emre Institute Cairo Branch Director Emin Boyraz expressed that they were pleased to establish the first Turkish library at the deep-rooted Al-Azhar University. Noting that the library project is in its infancy, Boyraz indicated that they will improve the library by adding new books over time and they intend to make contributions to the Turkish Language Department on such matters as remote Turkish teaching with an e-library.

Turkish Language Department Head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hazim Said stated: "The Turkish library donated to our department by Yunus Emre Institute will serve our students, helping them improve their Turkish. We hope that we will engage in further cooperation to the benefit of our students in coming days."

Having served thousands of Egyptians who wanted learn Turkish in the past, Yunus Emre Institute's Cairo Branch currently has 600 students learning Turkish. The Institute is giving Turkish courses with its own instructors at various Egyptian universities under the protocols made with them. In the light of its cultural diplomacy principles, it promotes the Turkish language, culture and history.