Ahmed Salama is the youngest child in his family. His father is a teacher. His two older brothers and his older sister are doctors. All children in the family being doctors, he was also expected to study medicine or pharmacy, but he preferred to follow a different path by going to a faculty of language, and moving from his family’s hometown Tanta to Cairo. What actually shaped his life was his decision to also study Business Management in addition to language. Easier said than done. Nevertheless, he successfully graduated from university in Cairo with a double degree.
Ahmed worked in marketing at an electrical-electronics company in Egypt for a period of time. “Practical knowledge in the field of marketing is very important. I had the opportunity to apply the theory I had learned in college to practice. However, the field of research in marketing interests me even more. Therefore, I decided to come to Turkey and continue my studies,” he says.
In 2011, he got accepted to a one-year research program at Hacettepe University. “Turkey provides a high-quality education in conformance with international standards, and it is a country with a high international reputation. This was the first reason why I chose Turkey. The other reason was the fact that Egypt and Turkey will develop their relations in the near future in all areas, but especially in the field of economics.”
“Turkey provides a high-quality education in conformance with international standards, and it is a country with a high international reputation.”
“While I was researching opportunities for a master’s degree, I attended an international student conference where I learned that Turkey offered all-inclusive scholarships for international students.”
Having completed his research, he started looking into the possibility of obtaining a master’s degree in Turkey, and this is when he learned about Türkiye Scholarships. “I’ve been in Turkey for one year now, and during this period I have really enjoyed staying here and pursuing my academic studies. While I was researching opportunities for a master’s degree, I attended an international student conference where I learned that Turkey offered all-inclusive scholarships for international students. Upon completion of my application, I got invited to an interview, and afterwards, I learned that I had won a scholarship for a graduate program at Hacettepe University. The application and selection process was conducted in a very transparent and fair manner.”
The university presented Ahmed with two options for the graduate program language: Turkish and English. He chose Turkish. “Graduating in English is very common nowadays. I wanted to become fluent in Turkish by choosing it as my language of education.”
Ahmed will study in Turkey for three years in total including a preparatory year of Turkish. He has set some goals for himself that he wants to achieve in these three years: “First of all, I intend to improve my Turkish and become fluent in it as a native speaker. Secondly, I want to learn everything I can about my research topic in Turkey. After I complete my thesis, I intend to translate it into Arabic and publish it as a book. My another long-term goal is to start a company that will carry out trading business between Turkey and Egypt. Everyone in Turkey has been so helpful to me. I want to repay at least some of my debt by helping Turkish students who come to study in Egypt.”