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Life İn İstanbul IN ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL: AN INTERCONTINENTAL CITY There are various cities in the world to live, work and to have education. Yet, the question where a student wants to be throughout his education life remains a to-be-answered question. In a shrinking world, students look for the most adequate country and city to spend the most beautiful years of their life. Some put the emphasis on scientific education; others look for a multicultural metropolis. Obtaining a sophisticated education in a city that has inherited the historical wealth of the world’s two most powerful empires: the Roman and Ottoman. This is possible only in Istanbul, the colorful city that is in the height of everybody’s expectation and meets everyone’s needs. Sure enough, the years that one spends in Istanbul as a student, are unique and unforgettable.

There are various cities in the world to live, work and to have education. Yet, the question where a student wants to be throughout his education life remains a to-be-answered question. In a shrinking world, students look for the most adequate country and city to spend the most beautiful years of their life. Some put the emphasis on scientific education; others look for a multicultural metropolis. Obtaining a sophisticated education in a city that has inherited the historical wealth of the world’s two most powerful empires: the Roman and Ottoman. This is possible only in Istanbul, the colorful city that is in the height of everybody’s expectation and meets everyone’s needs. Sure enough, the years that one spends in Istanbul as a student, are unique and unforgettable.
 
If the scientific development is the main criterion, Istanbul is the location of many of the most prestigious colleges and state universities in the world. Besides long-established and renowned universities, there are many new and assertive ones, as well. Moreover, the most precious codexes and modern works of cultural fusion of the West and East are present in many magnificent historical and modern libraries. Therefore, many prominent Turkish and international scientists are glad to work and contribute to scientific developments from Istanbul. So, Istanbul is the most convenient place to reach the up-to-date scientific findings.

In Istanbul, a person feels “home” and close to every place, no matter the geographic distances. Wherever s/he may come from, s/ he will definitely find many people from her/his culture and will hear her/his language spoken, what makes her/him feel home. As it is well-known, Istanbul is the only city in the world to be positioned on two different continents and to be dissected by the sea, what makes its every inhabitant proud of living in this marvelous metropolitan. The difficulties of living in a crowded and extended city are diminished by the modern infrastructure and satisfactory public transportation. Istanbul has top-flight sea transportation; high-tech metrobuses and trams serve as colorful shuttles on both the European and Asian sides of the city. The modern infrastructure facilitates the reaching of many other centers within and outside the country. Thus, Istanbul opens the door of the universe to native students, and presents the foreigner ones the freedom of coming from and going to wherever they want. So, they would be never far away from their homelands.
 
Istanbul’s cultural conglomeration of centuries contributes to a student’s cross-cultural awareness in a way that s/he would never dream of. Students all around the world come to Istanbul not only to be well- educated, but also to embrace world history and art, while meeting many people from different cultures, since Istanbul is a multicultural and historical festival on its own. In addition, various artistic activities that apply to people of every socio-cultural background are available for all anywhere, at any time. Istanbul is that beloved city where world music, art, literature, architecture are displayed in festivals, palaces, minarets, domes, museums, exhibitions, historical artifacts and the silver screens. Only in Istanbul, is a student given the opportunity to visit a modern art exhibition, a historic museum, a religious shrine or praying state in a row, just after finishing his classes maintained in highly-sophisticated universities.

The reasons to join about 350 thousand native and foreigner students in İstanbul are many. From a student’s perspective, the most desired destination for her/his studies is a modern and developed metropolis that encloses prosperity derived from historical and cultural wealth; and, Istanbul is far more than these. Every student deserves a diploma from such a glory “university”. Each year, thousands of students’ choice is Istanbul, because Istanbul encloses the future the world is still after.



The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development.

A number of European cities have used the City of Culture year to transform their cultural base and, in doing so, the way in which they are viewed internationally.

The European Capital of Culture program was initially called the European City of Culture and was conceived in 1983 by Melina Mercouri, then serving as Greek Minister of Culture.

Mercouri believed that at the time, culture was not given the same attention as politics and economics and a project for promoting European cultures within the member states should be pursued. The European City of Culture program was launched in the summer of 1985 with Athens being the first title-holder.

During the German Presidency of 1999, the European City of Culture program was renamed the European Capital of Culture. During the first two decades, cities were chosen primarily based on cultural history, scheduled events and the ability to provide infrastructural and financial support.

A 2004 study by the European Culture Commission (Palmer Study) demonstrated that the choice of European Capital of Culture served as a catalyst for the cultural development and the transformation of the city. Consequently, the beneficial socio-economic development and impact for the chosen city are now also considered in determining the chosen cities.

Following the EU Resolution in 1999 enlarging the ECOC Project as to include non-member countries, a group of civil society volunteers in Turkey arranged a meeting on 7 July 2000 in order to establish an “Enterprise Group” that would take the required steps for Istanbul to be a candidate for European Capital of Culture.

After long processes and endeavors of many civil society members, Istanbul was found ready on 11 April 2006 for being the European Capital of Culture 2010 along with Peç (Hungary) and Essen (Germany). Conceding the view of European Parliament and approval by the Council of Cultural Ministers of the European Union on 13 November 2006 Istanbul was finally announced to be the European Capital of Culture for 2010.



Why Istanbul?
Istanbul maintains a distinguished position among the metropolis of the world with its unique geographical location and a cultural heritage of thousands of years. As one of the most energetic cities in the world Istanbul continually gets to be an attraction center.