First day in Ankara

On Wednesday we woke up in Ankara and prepared for our first meeting at Middle East Technical University. As many of the universities here in Turkey the campus is really big and we learned that this campus also had it´s own lake. Imagine that, huh?

Just as all the previous places we had visited the students were interested in applying and asking all sorts of questions. It´s so nice to see that our scholarships are so attractive.

After METU we went to Bilkent University, another huge one, to meet with Professor Elisabeth Özdalga and her students.

Professor Özdalga is working at the Department of Political Science but when I first met her  she was working in METU. It must have been around 2007, I guess, and between these universities she has also been the Head of The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.

When meeting with her students we also got help from of our scholarship holders, Giray Sadik, who is now working at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara and also Digdem Soyaltin who is doing PhD in Germany but just happened to be in Ankara for a conference.

This was the first place where we really filled up all the seats. The presentations are also much more colourful when you can add the perspectives of those who have previously been in our program.

After the presentation at Bilkent Giray took uf for some tea out in the sun. As Swedes we could not have enjoyed that more. So great to feel the sun on your faces in late November and at the same time getting reports about the snow in Sweden :)