Albanian Vihab Kola, who completed his doctoral studies at Marmara University with a Turkish scholarship, said that studying with a scholarship offered by the Turkish state enables him to obtain an academic career and a prestigious position in Albania.
Kula told AA how the Overseas Turks and Related Communities (YTB) Presidential Scholarship Program in Turkey changed his life.
Cola stated that he received his undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, Department of Finance and Accounting, that he completed his doctoral education at Marmara University, Faculty of Business Administration last year, with a scholarship program in Turkey.
Cola noted that he has been consulting with small and medium-sized businesses in local and international organizations for about 10 years in Albania.
Expressing that he is the program director of the Institute of Political Studies Sami Frasheri, one of its founders, Cola said he is an academic in the Department of Business Administration of the University of Tirana New York (UNYT) affiliated with Maarif Turkiye. Establishment.
Regarding the advantages of the Turkish education system, Cola said, “First, all Albanian students understand what a real school is, and second, they all get prestige when they come to Albania to work.” He said.
Expressing his realization that there was no great social or cultural difference between Albanians and Turks when he settled in Istanbul, Kula said, “I would even think as if I were in any city in Albania if Turkish was not spoken.” He said.
“I felt privileged by the interest shown by Turkish institutions”
Kola described obtaining his doctorate in Turkey as “the only way to start in an academic life”.
“This[doing a PhD in Turkey]was definitely crucial.” Cola said:
“It allowed me to continue with my PhD studies, and made me an acceptable candidate for academic life. I was accepted into NYU Tirana 4 years ago. If I had done my PhD in Albania, I certainly would not have learned the method of scientific research. Nor would I have learned how it is done.” Meticulously conducting scientific studies in a reputable university.”
Emphasizing that he felt privileged because of the interest shown by Turkish institutions throughout his educational life in Turkey, Cola said, “For this, I thank YTB, my university staff, professors, my thesis teacher, Marmara University Institute of Social Sciences, YTB staff and those for whom we have a residence permit. I am grateful to all the staff of the institutions.” They made our experience so much easier.” He said.
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