Yunus Emre Enstitüsü reached a total of 1 million people in 2016 with a total of 1000 activities in 40 countries, teaching Turkish to 6 thousand 349 students.
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü that hosted 540 students from different countries in Turkey in 2016 Turkish Summer School, offered language instruction to students as well as providing them with the opportunities to get better acquainted with Turkish culture. Students’ journey in Turkey became complete with Turkish Festival. Enstitü that has taken steps in the field of cultural diplomacy, was elected as term president of Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNet) between years 2016-2019. Enstitü will host the GPDNet General Assembly in Istanbul in September 2017, to be participated by all GPDNet member states.
Enstitü that organizes Turkish Proficiency Test (TYS) for foreigners to receive Turkish proficiency certificates, also taught Turkish to 8918 students at 146 schools in Sarajevo, Mostar, Amman, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Constanta, Warsaw and Alexandria in My Preference Turkish Project. Yunus Emre Enstitüsü has reached 230 thousand people in 2014, 400 thousand in 2015 and 600 thousand in 2016 through cultural and artistic activities held.
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü has taught Turkish to 47 thousand 885 people in Turkish language courses offered at centres abroad and to 33 thousand 376 people in “Teaching Turkish as an Elective Foreign Language Project” since its establishment. Yunus Emre Enstitüsü that has taught Turkish to 99 thousand 261 students since its establishment, has hosted academic meetings, memorial events, design events, literature events, craft and handicraft programs, festivals, fairs, music events, courses, exhibitions, cinema events, project supports, competitions and Turkish Fairs in its centres abroad.
Prof. Dr. Beril Dedeoğlu (Former Minister of European Union)
“In Strategic Analysis in Cultural Diplomacy Training organized by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, the following topic came to the fore: What kind of reactions will Enstitü’s activities get in a region with a distinct chemistry like Latin America? Take Brazil, for example. There, the model of living may be secular, however they are also strictly Catholic. So you can come up with a language to connect from within your conservative life philosophy. As long as you desire this. But if you say, ‘Do we have to wear carnival costumes to communicate with them?’, that is your choice. It is a must to easily attract those who wear carnival costumes. It is the way for Turkey to further its presence softly in the world, based over its very own values. In Latin America people’s reactions are different, and their reflexes too… But Latin people are very gentle people. So they can be persuaded. “