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Mertcan Akyurek

Mertcan Akyurek Mertcan Akyurek uit Turkije ontving een alumnibeurs van de Tilburg School of Economics and Management. Met deze beurs kan hij vanaf augustus 2015 de master Economics volgen.


"My name is Mertcan Akyurek and I come from Istanbul, Turkey. I graduated from the department of Industrial Engineering with a minor degree in Economics in Bogazici University in the June of 2015. Although I have received some job offers even months before the graduation, I rejected them as I believed that the crucial step in my career path was to pursue graduate education. Regarding this, before the completion of my program, I have applied for graduate education in several institutions.
After having received admission offers from institutions all over the Europe, I had to come up with the decision about in which institution to study. While filtering out my options, I have taken both institutional and environmental aspects into consideration. In addition to these aspects, another key factor of my final decision was the financial feasibility of the program. Looking from all the various angles, I have singled out the Tilburg University as my final choice. However, the days in which I had to decide were tough, since I had to comply with many due dates about replying back to admission offers. Travelling back in time to the key moment of my decision, the day I will never want to forget, the July 14th of 2015, I have received the good news about being selected for the Alumni Scholarship. Being provided with the Alumni Scholarship paved the way for me to decide to study in Tilburg University by providing me with financial independence and clear mind to focus on my studies. That is why, I am thankful to TiSEM Alumni for granting me the scholarship, by which I am not only financially supported but also encouraged to follow the passion for graduate studies with a strong motivation. This opportunity helped me to realize my dream of entering higher education abroad and to enhance my confidence on making a step closer to further development.
Bearing in mind my experiences I have had in two months in Tilburg, I feel that I made a good choice to study at Tilburg University. I have made new friends from all around the globe. So far, being a graduate student at Tilburg University has proven to be one of the most valuable and international experiences in my life. So, once more, I would like to thank all who presented me such an opportunity."