According to a member of the university’s governing board, Dr. Durmus Gunay, only a dwindling number of people in Turkey still speak Armenian.
“Increasingly, government organizers are looking for members of staff who speak Armenian, and therefore there is a demand for such language courses,” he said.
Gunay said the understanding of universities has changed over the past 20 to 30 years. “We are going through a period of globalization. Therefore it is crucial to train people in as many languages as possible.”
The focus is on English as a second language at the university, Gunay said, but added that the institution aspired to have as many language courses open to as many students as possible.
The curriculum drawn up by the university for the new language course has been reviewed and approved by the Higher Education Board, or YÖK.