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Atif Abbasov

Georgia | Undergraduate

Kocaeli University – International Relations

The International Students Academy conferences held in Kocaeli featured carefully selected topics. Seminars were given on academic, social, cultural, economic, historical and art subjects. We had an opportunity to listen to and meet some of Turkey’s leading academics, poets, writers, historians, economists, marbling and calligraphy artists, traditional musicians, and sociologists. I can easily say that the academy added much more to my personal, social and cultural development and skills than four years of university. This program enabled me to rediscover Turkey in every aspect. Turkish students we met at the academy were very friendly, sincere and warmhearted. We’ve had a great and unforgettable time with all of them, and have established friendship bonds that will continue in the future as well. During the academy program, we had the opportunity to get closely acquainted with students from our generation who came from different cultures but shared the same values with us. We also had the opportunity to visit historical places during our Istanbul and Sakarya tours. We also met with NGO representatives at the academy dinner organized in Kocaeli. I believe that the education we got and the friendships we established will contribute to the good relations between our countries. The days I spent at the academy are some of the most beautiful memories of my life. I extend my gratitude to everyone who contributed to organizing the International Student Academy.