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© Privat / Uni BremenProf. Muzaffer Dartan: Alumnus of the University of Bremen in Istanbul.

In Istanbul but closely connected with the University of Bremen

To establish a network for alumni of the University of Bremen at the University of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey: That is the aim of researcher Muzaffer Dartan.

The 55-year-old has always had close ties to the University of Bremen, where he studied economics and obtained his doctorate in the 1980s. “My parents belonged to the first generation of Turks to come to Germany.” One reason Dartan decided to study in Bremen was that he had friends here. He returned to Turkey in 1990 to take up a professorial appointment at the University of Marmara, where he leads the Institute and Center for Turkish-German Studies. Muzaffer Dar-tan has done a great deal to consolidate relations between the two universities, which have been partner universities for several years now. He is immensely proud of his alma mater: “Although only a little over 40 years old, the University of Bremen can look back over a highly positive development, and it has even become one of Germany’s top eleven universities of excellence.”

Dartan believes there is a real demand for an alumni organization among graduates from Turkey and Germans with Turkish migrant biographies. Many of them choose Turkey to make a career after completing their studies. “Such a network enables everyone to exchange memories and keep track of the latest developments involving the universities in Bremen and Istanbul.” Incidentally, Muzaffer Dartan’s son is keeping the family tradition started by his father: Now he is also studying at the University of Bremen.