Select Page

Turkey targets French studies ‘due to Quran row and reciprocity’

Quran row and a lack of Turkish studies in France behind move to stop admissions to French studies, official says.Turkish universities will no longer admit new students to French language departments, Turkey’s Higher Education Board has ruled, the latest development in the strained ties between Turkeyand France.

The decision came in response to a manifesto signed by prominent French figures, calling for the removal of certain passages from the Quran, and as a reciprocal measure over the “lack of Turkish studies departments in the European country,” a Turkish official told Al Jazeera.”We have condemned the controversial statements on the Quran coming from France. And the Higher Education Board, which is an autonomous institution, made this move as a response to those statements,” said Emrullah Isler, chairman of the Committee on National Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in the Turkish parliament.Isler added that universities in France do not have enough departments teaching Turkish, that there is an imbalance between the two countries in that area.

“Lack of university departments in France that teach in Turkish is another factor behind the decision. They need to form decent Turkology departments there.”Plus, there have been too many departments teaching in the French language in Turkish universities,” he told Al Jazeera from the capital, Ankara.He added that the Higher Education Board took the decision in such a manner that currently enrolled students would not suffer from the measure.”The existing departments with active students are going to continue teaching in French as usual, but will not admit new ones,” Isler said.The Board had cited “reciprocity” and “graduate-employment links” on Thursday as the reasons for its decision.

Read More…

Related News:Gaza protests: All the latest updates. Read More… 

Turkey targets French studies ‘due to Quran row and reciprocity’

Quran row and a lack of Turkish studies in France behind move to stop admissions to French studies, official says.Turkish universities will no longer admit new students to French language departments, Turkey’s Higher Education Board has ruled, the latest development in the strained ties between Turkeyand France.