A ceremony was held in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for graduates of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), which was founded in 2004 by Turkish entrepreneurs.
A graduation ceremony was held on campus for the 250 students who have completed their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies.
A procession was held for the graduating students.
Mr. Sadik Babur Cern, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Sarajevo, congratulated the graduating students and their families in his speech at the ceremony.
In giving advice to the students, Gern said that learning will continue throughout life. The Virgin Mary wished success to the graduates in their future lives.
Chairman of the IUS Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. doctor. Sevgi Kurtulmus stated that they came to Sarajevo with her husband Numan Kurtulmus after the Bosnian-Herzegovina war and that the idea of establishing a university was formed at that time.
Sevci Kurtulmus explained that she and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the idea of opening a university in Sarajevo during his tenure as Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and received support.
Kurtulmus said that a university was opened here because of the laboratories applied in previous years in Turkey, “This place was a very good job during the dark period of February 28. The students who were victims of the laboratories who were veiled came here and got very good training without facing any problems.” After graduating from university, they found a job in very good places in Turkey. We have double degree agreements.” He rated it.
Rector, Prof. doctor. Ahmet Yıldırım stated that graduation is not an end for students, but a new beginning.
Expressing their congratulations to the graduates on their success, Yıldırım said, “Now your families are watching with pride. Tell people about the values that have been instilled in you and in your work. Believe in yourself because you have proven your ability to succeed.” He said.
Hasan Topaloglu, Chairman of the Sarajevo Education and Training Development Foundation (SEDEF), said that when they opened the university 20 years ago, they could not imagine that they could come here today.
They have students and academics from many countries, Topaloglu said, “We see many of our students who graduated years ago in public institutions, the private sector and universities. There are businessmen, there are bureaucrats. Today, two of our attachés who represent the Republic of Turkey in Sarajevo are our graduates. We meet them We’re very happy.” He said.
The ceremony was attended by bureaucrats and academics from Türkiye and Bosnia and Herzegovina and students’ families.
After the speeches, the diploma presentation ceremony was held for the students.
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