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Mediterranean city of Alanya to get its first private university

ANTALYA - Hürriyet Daily News | 8/31/2010 12:00:00 AM | BETÜL ÇAL

The first private university in Antalya's tourism heaven of Antalya gained Higher Education Board, or YÖK, approval last week and will open its doors in 2012.

Internationally known in the tourism sector for its beautiful blue-flagged beaches, famous castle, premium hotels and high-quality service, the Mediterranean city of Alanya is preparing to make a name for itself in the education sector.

The first private university in Antalya’s tourism heaven gained Higher Education Board, or YÖK, approval last week and will open its doors in 2012.

Believing that Alanya has high potential in the education sector, local authorities headed by Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioğlu applied to open a private university two years ago. Though YÖK rejected this proposal on the grounds of inadequate financial resources, it approved the foundation of a private university in Alanya in the city’s second attempt.

Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review, Sipahioğlu said their proposal would next go to the Education Ministry for approval and then pass on to Parliament in order to become entered into law.

Noting that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Antalya deputy Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, had helped immensely in securing approval of the project, Sipahioğlu said construction on the university will begin after the completion of the legal procedures.

Emphasizing that the contributions of locals and the municipality’s own real estate have provided significant financial resources for the university, Sipahioğlu said the construction should be completed in two years, allowing the school to open its doors for the 2012-2013 educational year.

[HH] ‘Alanya will gain much from this project’

The Hamdullah Emin Paşa Foundation has supplied a significant chunk of the funds necessary for construction and will give its name to the university.

Alanya Gov. Hulusi Doğan, the head of the foundation, said in a written statement that the organization foresees the university operating on a multicultural model that combines education, professional training and tourism.

He added that the group hopes to see Alanya, already famous for its tourism, turn into an international brand in the education sector and contribute to the city’s socio-economic life. From the very beginning, Doğan said, many people in the district have shown great determination to help the private-university project in any way they could.

Both Sipahioğlu and Doğan agreed that Alanya would gain much from this project.

Other locals who have played significant roles in contributing to the project include Abdurrahman Alaettinoğlu, Kerim Taç, Fevzi Uygun, Alanya Chamber of Trade and Commerce head Kerim Aydoğan and Konaklı Mayor Abdullah Sönmez.

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