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Turkish Studies

About Us

Turkey is a country where East meets West, a country with the spectacular wonders of Cappadocia, one of the most pro-Japanese countries in the world, and a land where the mystical blue of the Blue Mosque can be seen. At the same time, it is also a country which stands on the ancient ruins of the Roman amphitheatres. The key to communicating directly with the Turkish people and comprehending their culture, religion, history and politics is Turkish.

Learning Turkish paves the way to learning about the world. Why does Turkey wish to join EU (European Union) when it is an Islamic country? What was the secret to the Ottoman Turks' ability to preserve peace for centuries across the Middle East and Balkans, as we have all learned during World History lessons? As if that is not all, the languages spoken in Central Asia, such as in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, as well as in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, all belong to the same family as Turkish. Turkish is an indispensable language when it comes to objectively looking at world, both the past and the present.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

Textbooks used at TUFS are our original productions. First-year students attend 4 lessons of intensive training a week in the first semester to build up their foundation in grammar. These 4 lessons are conducted by Japanese staff, while the remaining 2 lessons are conducted by Turkish staff, with an emphasis on conversational and listening practice. At any time, we also have more than 2 foreign students coming from our 2 exchange institutions in Turkey who will sometimes act as mediators in these classes for our non Japanese-speaking Turkish staff. Nevertheless, their presence is usually not necessary as our students learn to speak the language quite quickly. This is because Turkish is a language which is fortunately easy for Japanese to learn. There are also opportunities to study in Turkey. Every year, a total of 4 students travel to our 2 exchange institutions to study; short-term summer schools are also popular.

Careers After Graduation

Our graduates have found employment in companies that have recently built factories in Turkey, or have entered into joint ventures between Japanese and Turkish companies (examples include Toyota Motors, Bridgestone and Mitsubishi Corporation). However, the fact remains that Japanese companies as a whole still do not have Turkey in their sight. We can expect future growth in this area. Graduates have entered various companies according to their aspirations and personalities. There are also post-graduates who have responded to the overseas posting system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are now working in the Japanese Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul. There are also graduates who are working as secretaries to the Turkish ambassador in Japan.

Staff

SUGAHARA, Mutsumi Associate Professor Middle Turkic languages of Central Asia
ARAI, Masami Professor Modern history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey
HAYASHI, Kayoko Professor Historical studies of Ottoman urban societies
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