News & Activities « SAYGI Turkish Canadian Academics Association

By: Saygi  09-12-2011


President of TOBB University in Ankara meets the group members. UOIT and TOBB agrees to build research links between to universities.

Gary Polonsky – Founding President, UOIT (president emeritus)
Marc A.Rosen, Prof. – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – UOIT (former dean)
Margot Rosen, Prof. – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Evgueniy Entchev – Integrated Energy Systems research scientist Government of Canada
Ibrahim Dincer, Prof. – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, UOIT
Hugh Mellon, Prof. – Department of Political, University of Western Ontario
Wade Bowers, Prof. – Associate Vice-Principal, Research, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University
Arif Hepbasli, Prof. – Faculty of Engineering, Ege University, Turkey
A. Heitor Reis, Prof. – Vice President, University of Evora, Portugal


Over the course of my visit to Turkey I enjoyed not only the amazing historic and natural sites of interest but also the warmth of hospitality at dinners and receptions in  the homes of our hosts.  These people introduced us to their families and served up amazing meals.  From the opening day of learning about Istanbul and the beauties of the Turkish coastline all the way through all the other interesting places and ending in Ankara the trip was a fascinating experience.  There were so many happy memories for me but perhaps my favourite was being able to see Konya and learn first hand about the distinctive religious and cultural traditions which originated in Turkey.  Izmir was also a treat as I come from Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and it was great to enjoy another coastal experience.

Let me also express my appreciation for our guides who gave generously of their time and enthusiasm.  Their assistance helped make the trip the great experience it was.

Hugh Mellon, Prof
University of Western Ontario

After a wonderful dinner sponsored by a Konya businessman, we are having a tea party altogether in a Turkish style room.


Before I visited Turkey for the first time in July, 2008, I had no idea what to expect.  What would be its attitude towards

commerce, towards art, towards democracy, towards individuals, towards women, towards Westerners in general, towards safety and the rule of law?  After all, these are not convivial times between Turkey’s part of the world and our own so that a first-time visitor could be forgiven for wondering.

Well, I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. Turkey is a winner. Its people could not be more friendly, more hospitable, more inclusive. Its coastline could not be more beautiful, more refreshing, more clean. Its history could not be more important, more inspirational, more authentic.
After all, what can one say about Cappadocia or Ephesus or so many other of Earth’s definitional landmarks that has not been said before?

So, my advice can be summed up in one word, two letters: go. Go to Turkey. It’s comprehensively spectacular. You’ll love it.

Dr. Gary Polonsky
President Emeritus, UOIT

A family hosted us and offered us tea and snacks at 10pm!. Relaxation after a long trip.

Visit to the Turkish Parliament. We receive an acknowledment of our visit signed by the speaker.

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