The Graduation Ceremony of the International Balkan University for the academic year 2014/2015 was held on Friday, 29th May 2015 in the Macedonian National Theatre, Skopje. This was the jubilar 5th generation promoted at IBU. Totally 89 undergraduate and 17 graduate students were promoted as the new generation of graduates. In the beginning, the ceremony started with live music performance of IBU students. The greeting messages from the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, as well as many universities and institutions from Macedonia and Turkey were read in the beginning of the ceremony.
This important event was honoured with the presence of numerous important personalities from the Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey, among wich the President of the Executive Board and Member of Parliament in the Grand Asembly of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Hüseyin Bürge, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Skopje, H.E. Ömür Şölendil, the Minister in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Furkan Çako, Member of the Constitutional Court of Macedonia, Mr. Sali Murati, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Behixhudin Shehapi and many representatives of the academic life, business sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations, media, etc.
The Rector of IBU, Prof. Dr. Şinasi Gündüz in his welcome speech emphasized the role of IBU in educating the new generations by applying the latest standards of higher education. He greeted the 89 undergraduate and 17 graduate students who were promoted at the ceremony and gave a message to them:
“We at the International Balkan University deeply believe that you will work with dedication and patriotism to move forward your countries. Don’t forget that the future and prosperity of your countries depend on your success. IBU is now a big family. Although you are leaving, you will always have your part here.While you open many new doors in the future, don’t forget that there is and there always will be an open door for you in the beautiful city of Skopje. While sailing on new horizons of hope and success, we wish good health, countless achievements and happiness to you and your precious families. May knowledge, wisdom, justice and honesty guide you in the next steps of your life!”
The President of the Executive Board and Member of the Grand Assembly of the Republic of Turkey, Hüseyin Bürge in his speech reaffirmed the ideals and the mission of the International Balkan University and stated that IBU will be not only the best university in Macedonia, but one of the best universities in the Balkan region that will produce qualified individuals, true leaders of tomorrow. President Bürge also informed that the campus construction is reaching the end of the first stage and that the next academic year it will open the doors for the new generations.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Skopje, H.E. Ömür Şölendil read the greeting message of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu and greeted the students for their successful completion of the university studies and wished them successful careers in the future.
Minister Furkan Çako on behalf of the Government of Macedonia congratulates the graduates and gave them an advice: “Whatever you work, wherever you go, keep bound to your dilligence, honesty and righteousness.”
The best student of the generation was announced Dilek Asanoska, student at the department of English Language and American Studies with an historic average mark of 10.0 at IBU. On behalf of the graduates, she addressed the audience and thanked the founders, managers, and professors for their restless efforts in helping the students reach this significant day of their life – graduation. Best students of each department were also promoted and they were awarded with certificates of excellence for their success.