Esra Gültekin
 

Symposium on the importance of the work of NGOs held at IUS

International Symposium “The Role and importance of civil society organizations in International Relations” was organized on Monday 24th March at the International University of Sarajevo by the Faculty of Business and Administration (FBA) and Association of Borderless and Brotherhood and Humanitarian Aid (KİYADER).

During the welcoming speech, IUS Rector Prof. Dr. Yücel Oğurlu pointed out the importance of the work of non-governmental organizations and especially their work in the international field to the guests, professors and students. NGOs are very important tools in the democratic system to contribute with government and to serve the public. Rector Oğurlu highlighted also that getting involved in such NGOs would contribute to students in many areas.

Esra Gültekin, President of the Association of Borderless and Brotherhood and Humanitarian Aid (KİYADER), talked about the ‘’ KİYADER’’ in her opening speech. ‘’KİYADER’’ gives scholarships to 81 undergraduate and graduate students from 25 countries; with the various educational seminars, social activities, self-confidence and gain new skills through study aims to improve the quality of students' achievements. Dean of the Faculty of Business and Administration (FBA), Prof. Dr. Hasan Korkut welcomed all guests from international non-governmental organizations who attended the Symposium as a host.  In the first part of Symposium, speakers discussed the role of civil society in a democratic society.

NGOs in democratic societies have become almost a control and support mechanisms and independently from the state, acting for the public institutions. In this sense, the main problems faced by the NGOs at the Symposium were discussed. Also at the Symposium, the cultural shock and psychological effects of students studying abroad were discussed and NGOs’ very important role in the normalization process was highlighted.

 

 

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