Life at university is nothing compared to high school or anything else. When I chose Izmir University of Economics in 2009, I asked myself if I made the right decision. 5 years were ahead of me to see if I made the right decision or not. I’ve always tried my best at Izmir University of Economics and became a successful student. I did not qualify for any scholarships when I first enrolled at school but my hard work paid off and I qualified for 50% merit scholarship. In addition to courses in Public Relations and Advertising, I’ve taken many other electives from variety of fields including Business and Software Engineering.
Barlas Sedat Ronay
2014 - Financial Economics Master’s Program Graduate
Upon completing elementary and middle school in Switzerland, I came to Izmir for high school and university. I performed internship at tourism and foreign trade sectors. After I graduated from Department of Economics (English program) Ege University in 2010, I spent an academic year at Nürnberg University, Germany.
2013 - Psychology Graduate
I took my first step to psychology department, field I was dying to study at since middle school, in 2008 at Izmir University of Economics as my third choice. After completing a successful five-year education with full scholarship, I graduated as Honor Student in 2013. On my first day at school, I said to myself, “What am I doing here?” I’ve always though different about private schools, and never thought I would study at one until the last day.
Gazi Caner Tekin
2012 - International Relations and European Union Graduate
When I first stepped into Izmir University of Economics in 2007 I said to myself “What am I doing here?” One of the main reasons for that was the fact that I was a professional football player at Manisaspor Club, then known as Vestel Manisaspor. I got transferred to Ispartaspor after an accident, and when I came back I took a dislike to football due to some events I witnessed. I always felt a little remorseful because of leaving football because I was going to have a totally different life. Izmir Economics was the newest of my new life…
2012 - International Trade and Finance Graduate
I started my undergraduate study in Tourism Management at Dokuz Eylül University in 2004. But three years have passed by the time I started to make different plans for my future. I can honestly say that taking the OSS exam again and being admitted to Izmir University of Economics has been a turning point in my life even though I have lost all that time. A real milestone…If I haven’t done that I would be engaged in a profession I really did not enjoy. Instead, I am working as a Comptroller at Ministry of Finance.
2012 - Fashion Design Graduate
It seems that my story began with the measuring tape my teacher put around my neck. I cried because I had to role play a tailor in the school play while my friends got to become engineers, doctors, or teachers. Even though I got upset with my teacher because of his choice, I can see that I took the first steps to my career that day. My first designs were the jewelleries during the summer holidays in middle school. When my accessories were sold in a store in Çeşme, I decided to get trained about this and enter this industry.
2012 - Computer Engineering Graduate
Izmir University of Economics became the place I missed a lot in a short period of time, the place that I wanted to come back again and again. Without a doubt I missed my University, in which I grew up with the academicians who are experts in their fields, a lot. Think about a place there is no hierarchy, what can I tell, instructors that want to support you all the time, Spanish instructor whose concert we attended to, or head of our department with whom we had tea in the cafeteria together?
2012 - Industrial Systems Engineering Graduate
started to study at Department of Industrial Systems Engineering in 2008 and graduated in 2012. Izmir University of Economics, with all it has to offer, is a university where a student can improve in different areas and receive the best quality education. I had the best four years of studying there academically and socially. I benefitted from everything the University offered to the best of my ability. I spent a semester at “Baden Württemberg Corporate State University” in Germany in 2011 as part of Erasmus Student Exchange Program.
2012 - Computer Engineering Graduate
I scored a really high score in Student Placement Test in 2004. I talked to many people, searched a lot regarding which university to choose. I wanted an academic career from the start. Therefore, people urged me to the top university I could get into. I believe it was such a wrong guidance. It is important to consider what the University offers.
Gizem Arabacı Kamacı
2011 - Media and Communication Graduate
2010 - Business Administration Graduate
The door to Izmir University of Economics which I stepped in 2005 has been a door where I got many accomplishments in return for my studies and received the information necessary for my professional life. I started to feel like Alice in Wonderland when I realized that Izmir University of Economics offered me so much more than education to help me improve my personal development. I already decided to continue some part of my education in France when I was in Prep Class via Erasmus Student Exchange program. I chose French as a second foreign language in first grade.
2009 - Economics Graduate
I started university in 2005 at Department of Economics at Izmir University of Economics as my first choice, and graduated successfully in 2009. Courses I took were matching the character of my profession since I was interested in economics at an earlier age because of our family business as jeweler. During my leisure times I worked part-time at our family business “Bülent Maro Mücevherat”. I needed to get ready for work life as a second generation representative.
2009 - Computer Engineering Graduate
I’ve decided to study computer engineering back when I was 12 years old. My adventure began in 2005 at Izmir University of Economics, Department of Computer Engineering. I was aware that a long journey was ahead of me even though I learned the basics of technical courses beforehand. Each passing day I understand and cherish the value of open-minded lecturers, who are best in their fields and motivate you to excel all the time.
2008 - Software Engineering Graduate
As I was trying to decide about an area in which I would be able to use my skills best, I saw the ad for Department of Software Engineering, Izmir University of Economics. I got so excited about getting the appropriate education for my interest in black and white MS-DOS computer screen which started around when I was 7-8. I attended the open days at the University. Faculty of Computer Sciences was only a year old then. I had a chance to talk to students with whom I became friends later on. A newly renovated modern campus and meetings with academicians convinced me to choose Izmir University of Economics.
2008 - Computer Engineering Graduate
I’ve always wanted to become a Computer Engineer. Even in a middle school yearbook, my friends wrote about seeing me as Computer Engineer in the future. My personal interests and the importance of technologies in our lives made me become a student at Department of Computer Engineering at Izmir University of Economics in 2004. After I graduated, I started to work with Embryonix, a great advantage offered by the University. My first job experience started in my senior year and continued the following year.
Candaş Ener Erdener
2007 - International Trade and Finance Graduate
I started at Department of International Trade and Finance with 100% scholarship in 2003 and graduated in 2007 with High Honors. The most important thing the University helped me with was to equip me with presentation skills by improving my analytical skills. When I graduated, I prepared for inspectorship exams of the banks in the light of theoretical information I learned, and passed the first exam I took. I started my career as Assistant Inspector at Turkish Economy Bank.
2007 - International Trade and Finance Graduate
I started in 2002 and graduated in 2007. I had tremendous knowledge and experience in addition to long lasting friendships. I learned the best from the best teachers and being still in touch with them today makes my university step forward in my work life. I started my professional life in 2010 at DİMES, a leading fruit juice and Milk Company in Turkey, as Distribution Manager and Chain Stores Manager.
Ezgi Çakmak Kesimli
2005 - Business Administration Graduate
I am one of the first students and one of the first graduates also. It wasn’t an easy decision; I had to take a risk. But I realized it was the best decision after I graduated. I can see it clearly now after the best quality education I received. I was able to find employment at companies I liked and put everything I learned into practice.
2003 - Business Administration Master Program Graduate
I had the privilege of attending the first graduation ceremony of Izmir University of Economics when I graduated from MBA program in 2003. When I was searching for graduate programs, I came across news about the establishment of our school and decided to attend the introduction meeting and enrolled in MBA program the first semester it started. I believe that receiving training from both estimable teachers in academia and experts from different sectors provided me a different point of view on business world and management.