The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to Turkish Flagship
As the 2019-2020 school year begins, Turkish Flagship students and affiliates have received unfortunate news regarding the continuation and funding of the Turkish Flagship Program. Sadly, our Flagship Program will terminate on 31 May, 2020, making the current students within third-year Turkish the final group studying under Turkish Flagship. The community that has been built around Turkish at Indiana University finds this news regrettable, but our directors have been working hard to ensure rewarding opportunities for future students still interested in studying the language. As the Turkish Flagship ends, we look to reminisce back on everything that the Program has done for our students and faculty.
To current and past Flagship students, we all understand how much Turkish Flagship influenced and benefited our undergraduate careers. The present Flagship program has guided and opened doors abroad for so many students, into sectors which would have been otherwise difficult to step oneself into. Indiana University was the sole proprietor for the Turkish Flagship program in the nation, while other universities have simultaneously had rigorous, successful programs for many years.
Students currently within the Flagship program and those who are still interested in all of the future benefits that studying Turkish has to offer are highly encouraged to remain engaged with the language. Not only will Turkish classes still be available, but the popular Summer Language Workshop will also continue to be an option for students. Turkish remains in its standing as one of the U.S. Government’s most sought after critical languages. This makes students within Turkish- especially those who were awarded the competitive Boren Scholarship- highly competitive for careers in many sectors.