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ASU language instructor receives 2020 Successful Youth of North Macedonia Prize


Borche Arsov

Borche Arsov (left) receives his prize from President Stevo Pendarovski of North Macedonia, on Dec. 23, 2020. The prizes were initiated to encourage the scientific, research and creative work of young people in the country. Courtesy of North Macedoniam government

January 19, 2021

Borche Arsov, a Macedonian language instructor with the Arizona State University Melikian Center’s Critical Languages Institute, has been awarded the Successful Youth of Macedonia Prize

This prestigious award was established by President Stevo Pendarovski with the dual purposes of recognizing high-achieving Macedonian scholars and innovators and encouraging the next generation of young Macedonians. This award is presented annually to one high-achieving young professional from each of eight categories: social, humanities, natural-mathematical, technical, medical sciences, arts and cultural practices, innovation, and people with disabilities.  

“I am feeling very honored that I am the first young Macedonian scholar in my field ever to receive this recognition from the president. My satisfaction is even greater taking into consideration the well-recognized names in Macedonian science (and science abroad) that took part in selecting the winners,” Arsov said. “I do not consider this to be merely a recognition for my previous work in Macedonian linguistics; this also gives me an additional motivation for even more serious and more thorough scientific work in the field of Macedonian studies. “

“We were delighted to hear the news of this award,” Melikian Center Director Keith Brown said. “Since joining the Critical Languages Institute team in 2017 to relaunch Macedonian, Borche’s talent and dedication as both a teacher and a scholar of the language have already made a positive impact for both students and colleagues.” 

Arsov, who holds a Doctor in Philological Sciences with a focus on the Macedonian language, was awarded the prize for best scholar in the humanities. He is currently a research associate at the Krste Misirkov Institute of Macedonian Language, teaches at the Philology Faculty in Skopje, and is a language instructor at ASU’s Critical Languages Institute. This summer, he will be returning to the institute as an instructor for the third time, teaching introductory Macedonian.

Written by Kristen Ho. 

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