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Ibrahim ÇEÇEN

Mr. Ibrahim Çeçen, whose name was given to our university, his distinguished biography and thoughts, Turkey’s precious personality, a businessman from Ağrı


Mr. İbrahim ÇEÇEN, IC Investment Holding Board Chairman and founder of IC Foundation, was born in Ağrı in 1941, after completing his primary and secondary education in Ağrı, he graduated from Civil Engineering Department of Cumhuriyet University. He started his career in 1964 and founded İçtaş İnşaat in 1969. He still serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IC Holding, to which more than thirty companies are affiliated in the construction, energy, tourism, industry, air and port management sectors. Since 1984, he has been providing free education scholarships. He founded IC İbrahim Çeçen Foundation in 2004 to carry out his educational services in a corporate structure.


He was awarded with the “State Medal of Distinguished Service” by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 2007 for his services in the fields of education, health, sports and arts, his hard work, contributions and outstanding achievements for his country.


When I left Ağrı for education in 1959, I could not have imagined that one day I would donate a university to this city. Being able to contribute to the educational needs of my country has been an issue that I care about in every period of my life. Firstly, in the "Make Your Own School" campaign in the Eastern Anatolia region at that time, I built a five-class primary school in Agri in 1986 with the encouragement of President Kenan Evren.


When I went to the Ağrı in 1998 to take part in İbrahim Çeçen Primary education school’s groundbreaking ceremony as the second school with 16 classrooms, Milliyet newspaper of that day published an article headlined “Turkey's poorest province per capita income of $ 550 is Ağrı province. This news made me very sad and impressed.


I made many different kinds of aid in education, health, and vocational training. Since 1984, I have provided free scholarships to our poor and successful young students and athletes studying at the University. Nowadays there are close to 3,000 young employed people in Turkey's various locations, as district governor, lawyer, judge, prosecutors, doctors, teachers and other professionals who have graduated with the help of my scholarship. All this was not enough for me, and It was necessary to do something that would also contribute to the economy and social structure of the province. Turkey’s average per capita national income increased to $ 2,200 in the 2000s, while in Ağrı was still $ 550.  When I discussed with Dean of the Faculty of Education of Erzurum University Professor Yaşar Sütbeyaz and asked him what to do his ideas and suggestions convinced me that the establishment of a University in Ağrı will make great contributions to the economic and social structure of this city. “Eskişehir” was an example of ahead of us.


Mr. Yaşar’s suggestion made me excited, he said that in addition to an existing faculty connected to Erzurum University in Ağrı, the decision to establish a University in Ağrı would accelerate the process and he would support me if I commit to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The basis of my idea for establishing a university in Ağrı developed at that time.


I applied to the Presidency of Higher Education Council written and verbally, in 2003. I was not denied, but they did not do anything that would open my way up. I was very persistent and determined. I am pleased to state that my efforts may have an effect on finding Ağrı between 17 provinces for the decision of the state regarding the establishment of a university.


We have taken on a duty as a family, we believe that this is the real wealth, and we are very proud of what we do. Our children who will graduate from this university will be our own being, and wealth. I hope that this university will raise young people who have Republican and Atatürk Principles, who are determined to bring the country to the level of advanced civilizations, and are determined, characterful and love their country and nation.


In this regard, I trust all of our teaching staff and Our rector, Mr. Abdulhalik KARABULUT foremost and, I would like to express my belief that they will adopt the scientific activities necessary for our university to be among the best universities in the country, both in terms of its physical infrastructure and teaching quality.


Best regards

İbrahim ÇEÇEN

2 Aralık 2008 – Ankara


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