Department of Turkology
History of the Department
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University is an international university and institution that aims to gather students from Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and other countries under one roof and educate them according to modern standards so that they can become the professionals and leaders of tomorrow. In line with this, the Department of Turkology was opened as part of the Faculty of Humanities in 1997.
Objectives, Goals, and Mission
The goal of the Department is to create a place for Turkish and Kyrgyz literature and languages in the world arena, and to showcase the special features of these languages as well as their development. We also aim to educate professionals who can carry out research in analyzing language and spreading the knowledge they learned in university with others. The Department of Turkology differs from Departments of Kyrgyz Language and Literature in Kyrgyzstan and from Departments of Turkish Language and Literature and Modern Turkish Language in Turkey because students study both languages and their literature, as well as other Turkic languages. Students also study General Turkology.
The main subjects of the Department are Kyrgyz language and literature, Turkish language and literature, historical periods of the Turkish language, and other Turkic languages and literature. Classes are held in both Kyrgyz and Turkish, and cover both theoretical and practical knowledge. Thus, students are able to find work in various institutions such as museums, libraries, and literary foundations.
Projects Executed by the Department of Turkology:
- Articles By and About Chingiz Aitmatov (Professor Laili Ukubaeva)
- The Art of Improvisation in the Turkic World (Professor Mehmet Aydin)
- Collection of Works from the Turkic World (Professor Orhan Kemal Tavukcu)
- 100 Poems for the 100th Anniversary of A. Osmonov (Dr. Halit Aslar)
Research and Opportunities
Research at the university is carried out at the Institute of Social Sciences and the Center for Turkic Civilization, where graduate students can work on their dissertations in the field of Turkology and Turkic civilization. These two institutions are closely related with the field of Turkology. Along with dissertations and research work carried out at the Institute of Social Science, student can also carry out research in the broader world, based on contacts with similar institutions in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and in other countries.