Monday, October 19, 2009
National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學), Taiwan's best university, has begun courses in Turkish. In the university located in the capital Taipei, Turkish has taken its place alongside languages like French, German, Spanish and Russian as optional foreign languages.
Ahmet Gürhanlı, a Ph.D with a doctorate in electronic engineering, is teaching the lessons in the university with a population of up to 30,000 local and international students.
Ahmet Gürhanlı is also the general secretary of the Anadolu-Formosa Association, the only Turkish non-governmental organization in Taiwan, and says that eight students have signed up for the first lessons in Turkish. Gürhanlı says that the student interest in the lessons is 'wonderful', and that "They don't want to lose track of even the smallest details, and do all their homework without fail. The two hours in class go by before you know it."