ITU Takes a Step in Development of Relationship with Albania
Nov 20, 2015

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by ITU.
Mr. Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate Degree for the important initiatives and contributions to the preparation and realization of partnership agreements related to student and academic staff exchange programs between ITU and various universities of Albania and outstanding support to the development of scientific and cultural ties between Turkey and Albania. In his opening speech at the ceremony held at ITU SDCC the ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca said that he was very pleased and honoured to award the Honorary Doctorate Degree to the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

“We have gathered here today to take one step forward in our old and long-term friendship, which dates back the 14th century. In 1998 the two country representatives, which had been in constant interaction and communication, came here to participate in a similar ceremony. That year Albanian Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Rexhep Meidani was awarded with the Honorary Doctorate Degree for his contributions into Condensed Matter Physics and Statistical Physics. We are very glad to be here with our old friend country for the second honorary doctorate degree ceremony. ITU as a university of 242-year history has deep-rooted partnerships with many countries and universities all over the world. I am convinced that learning about new countries adds to our academic prosperity. I believe that with the help of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama these contacts will become even stronger”, said Prof.Dr. Mehmet Karaca.

The two state executives have been frequently in touch with each other to reinforce friendship, brotherhood and partnership relations between Turkey and Albania and exchange views on the regional and international events. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is well-known in Albania for his successful projects in education, art and sport.


Who is Edi Rama?

Edi Rama has been leader of Socialist Party, the biggest opposition party in Albania, since 2005. He served in the government as Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports from 1998 to 2000, and he was Mayor of Tirana from 2000 to 2011. He led a coalition of socialist and left-wing parties that won the June 2013 parliamentary election. Edi Rama, who is the present Prime Minister of Albania, is also famous for his reflection book on his years as mayor of Tirana entitled “Kurban”, which has been translated to Turkish and many other languages.