TURKISH PRIME MINISTER VISITS BAU INTERNATIONAL, BRIEFED ON ACADEMIC MISSION
November 9, 2017 – In the course of his official visit to Washington for high level bilateral discussions, including a meeting at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence and other top administration officials, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim took time to visit BAU International University.
Mr. Yildirim was received by Mr. Enver Yucel, Founder and Chairman of BAU Global, Dr. Sinem Vatanartiran, President of BAU International University and Mr. Ahmet Kose, CEO of BAU Global U.S. Operations. The Turkish Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak and by the Turkish Ambassador to the US, Mr. Serdar Kilic.
The high level Turkish visitors were briefed by Mr. Yucel on the broad and far reaching mission of BAU Global, one of the most dynamic global education enterprises, whose goal is to create a new generation of international young leaders who will become skilled policy-makers, business people and ambassadors of peace.
Dr. Vatanartiran described the degrees offered by BAU International University in Washington and the opportunities offered to local students to expand their horizons by taking courses in the other universities that belong to the BAU Global network located in Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Berlin or Rome. She also explained how the Global Policy Institute, a think tank affiliated with BAU is playing an important role as a research center and its role in convening high level meetings focused on key international issues. These include a number of events held in 2016 and 2017 featuring eminent US and Turkish experts focused on relations between Ankara and Washington.
The Prime Minister reacted positively, stressing how important it is to develop high quality channels that creatively blend education and people to people academic exchanges. He noted with satisfaction that BAU International University, while based in the USA, has a close connection with Turkey on account of its membership within the vast BAU Global organization whose center is in Istanbul.
He concluded the meeting expressing the hope that this important education work which originates from Mr. Yucel’s vision of “peace through education” will bring about good will and better understanding among different societies and in particular between Turkey and America.