At the ceremony hosted by Ban Ki-moon, the General Secretary of United Nations, Enver Yücel, founder of Bahçeşehir Uğur Educational Institutions and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Bahçeşehir University was granted the “Contribution to Global Education Award”. Encel Yücel, being the first Turkish in the world receiving an award on this field, received his award from Ban Ki-moon.
Many politicians, diplomats, artists and journalists in addition to UN officials attended the award ceremony held in New York. Enver Yücel, making a speech at the award ceremony, emphasized the importance of education and stated that the future of humanity is shaped by education. Yüce, emphasising that in case education is disrupted, the world and humanity will lose, also said “I believe that there is no problem in the world that cannot be solved by education. I have served for this cause for my entire life. Everything is my country Turkey, for the world, for humanity. I also thank to my wife supporting my greatly for receiving this award.” Conducting a special meeting with Ban Ki-moon after the award ceremony, Enver Yücel exchanged ideas about educational problems in the world, especially education of refugee children and their solutions with the General Secretary of UN, Ban Ki-moon.
Journalists serving at UN were awarded at the ceremony according to fields and subjects of news they make. The Italian origin famous tenor Andrea Bocelli received “Global Humanity” award and gave a concert for guests. There are award winning names at various fields in previous years such as Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Angelina Jolie, Ted Turner, Nicholas Cage, Mira Sorvino, John Prendergast, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
About Enver Yücel:
Enver Yücel was born in 1957 in Giresun and he studied at Hayarpaşa High School as boarding student. Then he graduated from the Mathematics Department of the Atatürk Education Institute, which is now known as the Marmara University Faculty of Education. Since 1974, he devoted all his life to offer educational services to students in many countries, especially in Turkey. Yücel regards the education as most important problem to be solved and therefore he defines the field of education as an area of social responsibility. He offers educational support by providing scholarships to students at his institutions from Morocco, Djibouti, Somalia and Middle East to the different parts of the world, and he believes that this process will bring peace to the world.