The Opening Ceremony of the academic year 2016/2017 at the International Balkan University was held on Monday, 26th September 2016. Freshmen of IBU were introduced as the new generation of students who joined the great family of IBU in front of a great audience which included representatives of academic, political and social life in Macedonia.

The Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Festim Halili, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Skopje, H.E. Ömür Şölendil, President of Executive Board and MP of Turkey, Mr. Hüseyin Bürge and Rector of International Balkan University, Prof. Dr. İsmail Kocayusufoğlu addressed the audience with their greeting speeches and wished our new students a lot of success during their studies at IBU.

Professor Emeritus, Prof. Dr. Ferid Muhic addressed the audience on behalf of the new academic staff which is engaged for the academic year 2016/17.

Drita Islami, student of Public Relations, was decorated by the Rector for her great achievement in sports – participation at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

ELS Lecturer, Mrs. Biljana Orovcanec-Nineska and Head of Student Affairs Office, Mrs. Emel Rushid were decorated by the President for completing 10 years of service at IBU.

Best academic researchers from the academic staff  were awarded at the ceremony. Based on their academic performance and research activities in the academic year 2015/2016, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Porjazoska-Kujundziski was awarded as the first best academic researcher; Prof. Dr. Emilija Stoimenova-Canevska as the second best and Asst. Radmila Zivanovic as the third best academic researcher. For his significant contribution, the Adviser to the Rector for research, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hiqmet Kamberaj was also awarded with Certificate of Excellence.