Humphrey Alumni Association joined US Embassy Ankara to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Turkish Fulbright Commission in a reception hosted by Ambassador John Bass and Executive Director of the Commission on January 13, 2016.

The Turkish Fulbright Commission or in other words, the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Turkey, was established by a binational agreement signed between the United States and Turkey in 1949 to develop mutual understanding between the Turkish and American people through educational and cultural exchange. Since its founding, the Commission has supported around 6,000 Turkish and American scholars through various exchange programs, of which the Humphrey Fellowship Program is among them. Turkish Fulbrighters return to Turkey upon completion of their studies in the U.S.A. and work to serve their country ( ).

In his remarks to more than 160 guests from all over Turkey, including Turkish officials, Fulbright alumni, staff, grantees, and guests, Ambassador Bass highlighted the invaluable contributions that Fulbright educational exchanges have made towards “opening minds” and promoting mutual understanding.  

The documentary prepared by the Commission that made of interviews with Turkish and American Fulbright alumni, “The 65Th Anniversary Documentary” has also been presented to the guests for the first time. One of the first Turkish Fulbrighters and the fist Turkish women cardiologist Prof. Dr. Sebahat Kaymakçalan was also present in the event share her experience with the audience.

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