Islamabad: Pakistan’s leading technical university is gearing up to introduce Turkish language learning programs for students.
The NED University of Engineering and Technology and the Turkish Maarif Foundation signed an agreement in this regard.
The Turkish agency will assist universities in organizing language courses, according to Ahmet Sami Demir, the Karachi coordinator of the Maarif Foundation.
The two sides will also carry out cultural and educational exchange programs.
The agreement was signed by Professor Birol Akgun, president of the Maarif Foundation, and Noman Ahmed, dean of NED University’s Department of Architecture and Management Sciences.
Tolga Ucak, Consul General of Turkey in Karachi, said the effort would further strengthen historical ties between Pakistan and Turkey.
Professor Sarosh Hashmat Lodhi, vice chancellor of the university, said the Turkish language program would initially be an option for students but may be declared mandatory in the future given its importance and needs.
The Maarif Foundation currently has 27 schools and colleges across Pakistan, serving more than 12,000 students in 10 cities, including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
The number of teaching and non-teaching staff affiliated with this academic institution is more than 1,700.
In January this year, Islamabad and Ankara signed an agreement allowing the Maarif Foundation to expand its operations in Pakistan in terms of opening and running new campuses, cultural and educational centers, language centers, student exchange programs and scholarships.
Following the agreement, the foundation, which has the status of an international non-governmental organization, is now treated as a Turkish government agency in Pakistan.