Beykent University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, which considerably expanded its academic staff in the last couple of years, hosted an international conference. “The International Conference on Eurasian Economies, 2010” was successfully held on 4-5 November 2010 at the Ayazağa Campus by the Economics Departments in English and in Turkish. The sponsors of the conference were the Promotion Fund of Prime Ministry, Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, and the Beykent University Rectorate.
Interest was high for the call for papers announced in April, generating 120 abstracts from 30 different countries. The scientific board consisting of international academicians chose 67 papers from 20 countries, which were presented at the conference in English, Turkish or Russian. Academicians and participants at various universities from all over Turkey, as well as from Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, Canada, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA attended the conference, listening to presentations about the global economic and financial crisis, globalization, energy and natural resources, growth and development, international relations and trade, finance and tourism. The proceedings book of 460 pages and the CD was distributed to participants during the conference, as well as to university libraries.
The opening speeches were made by Prof. Mehmet Emin Karahan, the Rector of Beykent University, and by Prof. Ahmed Güner Sayar, the Chair of Economics Department. The keynote speaker, Prof. Mükerrem Hiç summarized the major economic and political problems currently faced by the Eurasian countries as well as Turkey. After the opening session, parallel sessions in three tracks were held for two days. The conference was closed with a dinner aboard a Bosphorus cruise ship.
The organization ran flawlessly thanks to the diligent efforts and attention to detail by Beykent University administration, staff and students and was highly appreciated by all attendees.
The organizing committee has already started working on the International Conference on Eurasian Economies 2011, which will be held in association with Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University in Bishkek.