The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul and TIKAV engage in cooperative project
ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News | 6/1/2005 12:00:00 AM |
The program takes university students with limited financial resources, especially from impoverished eastern Turkey, and equips them with diverse qualifications essential for their future business careersBy the time students with TIKAV scholarships graduate and enter the real world, they see they can reach targets that once were out of reach. They can reach the stars and become stars -- the stars of Turkey
Four students from Elazığ's Fırat University and Van's Yüzüncü Yıl University will be sent to Canada to attend English classes under the Turkish Human Resources Foundation's (TIKAV) Individual Development Program, with the support of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. During August and September they will be exposed to a different culture in a different country while developing their English language skills.
The summer trip is to be officially announced in Ankara today at a special ceremony jointly organized by TIKAV and The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul. The evening is called A Night with the Youth of the Year and will be honored by the presence of Emine Erdoğan, wife of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The program takes university students with limited financial resources, especially from impoverished eastern Turkey, and equips them with diverse qualifications essential for their future business careers. This summer project will hopefully broaden the students' horizons, expand their perceptions of life and serve as a real motivation for other students in the overall program.
On Nov. 14, 2005 these four young students will be in Istanbul to share their experiences about their visit to Canada and their thoughts regarding their future goals, which once seemed far beyond their reach.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul believes that Turkey is always in need of conscientious young people who are self-confident and aware of their social responsibilities. This led to the hotel's decision to cooperate with TIKAV in the Individual Development Program.
The hotel's public relations director, Sedef Baran, says it is important to see the results of their contribution and to reach those who previously couldn't be reached. Some of the children had never seen Istanbul, or even the sea, before. It was a tremendous change for those who wondered if they would ever stay in a five-star hotel again. Talking with the Turkish Daily News, some of the students said they were very happy to have had the opportunities afforded them by TIKAV. What was striking was that the students wanted to take back what they learn to their home cities.
The cooperation between the two organizations serves as an example of sound social responsibility within the hospitality and travel industry as well as for every individual who interacts with these industries. As a role model in its sector, the five-star hotel is actively working to make the public aware of the program so that Turkey can benefit in the future from these young people who are waiting to discover themselves.
: TIKAV's history and goals:
Six years ago, Şafak and Hamdi Akın of Akfen Holding founded the Turkish Human Resources Foundation. The foundation's areas of focus were to be education and health. The financial backing of Hamdi Akın started the Individual Development Program, which was initiated by Şafak Akın. Speaking with Safak Akin, she mentions a group of 20 women in Ankara who joined forces to support the program.
The objective of the program is to help brilliant youngsters who are worthy of representing themselves and Turkey well in all situations. The target group was identified as successful university students with limited financial resources who had no opportunity to travel around Turkey. The eastern Anatolia region was selected as the first implementation area, and efforts were initiated at Fırat University in Elazığ, chosen as the pilot province. In the fourth year of the program, Yüzüncü Yıl University in Van was included. Seventy-eight students have benefited from the program to date. The goal is to spread the program throughout Turkey and to ensure that Turkey benefits from its youth.
The Individual Development Program aims at equipping successful youngsters with diverse qualifications and to provide them with added value. Every student accepted into the program is considered a TIKAV student from year one to graduation. During this period students participate in training events and excursions organized by TIKAV during the academic year and the summer season. With English and computer courses provided regularly during the four-year period, the students are equipped with and receive certificates in essential qualifications required in their future business careers. Students also attend a variety of seminars and participate in youth projects in addition to their English and computer courses during the academic calendar. Involvement with an approved social service during that period is a mandatory part of the project.
When the academic year is finished, they take courses in Ankara within the orientation program to enrich their knowledge and experience base during the summer months. In addition to seminars on The Use of the Turkish Language, Interview Techniques, Time Management, Protocol Rules, Self-care Human Relations, Spoken English and Job Applications, their horizons are broadened with excursions to Ankara, Istanbul, Cappadocia and Didim as well as visits with statesmen, bureaucrats, businessmen and institutions. Again during the summer months, their professional development is supported with internship opportunities related to the career field they are studying.
By the time students with TIKAV scholarships graduate and enter the real world, they see they can reach targets that once were out of reach. They can reach the stars and become stars -- the stars of Turkey.