School / Department: KU Leuven University, Center for Transition Economics (LICOS)

Institution and Position: Ministry of Commerce, Deputy Director General of Customs

 

  • Could you tell us a little about yourself? How has your career been shaped so far?

I was born in 1975 in Ankara. I graduated from Ankara Atatürk Anatolian High School in 1992 and from Middle East Technical University, Department of Food Engineering in 1996. I completed my master’s degree in the same department and worked as a research assistant for two years. In 1999, I started to work as an Assistant Customs Expert at the Undersecretariat of Customs as known at the time and in 2002 I completed the proficiency exam with first place and received the title of Customs Expert. In 2008, I completed my programme at the Department of Economics at Anadolu University. In 2011, I was appointed as Head of Department at the General Directorate of Customs.

 

  • Could you give some information about the university you studied with the Jean Monnet Scholarship and the subject you are working on?

Within the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, I conducted research on the Customs Union at LICOS (Centre for Transition Economics) at the Faculty of Economics of KU Leuven University in Belgium for 9 months between 2005-2006 under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Jozef (Joep) Konings, who was also the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at that time. In my research, I discussed anti-dumping practices in the context of Türkiye and the European Union (EU) relations. My article titled “An Overview of Anti-Dumping Practices in the World and Within the Framework of EU-Türkiye Relations”, which I prepared as a result of the research, was published as a LICOS Discussion Paper (No. 174/2006).

 

  • What are the effects of the education you completed, thanks to the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, on your view of the European Union?

With the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, I had the opportunity to work with academics who are considered among the best in the field of KU Leuven University, which is at the forefront of higher education in the world and in Europe. Both during the research project and through the courses I have taken, I have gained in-depth knowledge on economic and trade developments from the founding of the EU until today, and I have had the opportunity to increase my knowledge of the EU institutions and their tasks. In addition, being close to Brussels, which hosts many institutions of the EU, allowed me to get to know the EU institutions more closely, thanks to the promotional events organised by these institutions.

 

  • What would you like to recommend to Jean Monnet scholarship candidates?

I think it is a chance and a unique opportunity for me that the university, where I conducted research for 9 months within the scope of the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, is among the leading universities in the field of economics. For this reason, I would like to remind scholarship candidates that choosing the university where they will study is very important. Also, I recommend them to prioritise educational activities during the education period, but not to neglect social activities, and to take the opportunity to go out of the campus whenever they have the opportunity, and to spend time getting to know the environment, people and nature they live in.