Melike Bilginread bio
Melike Bilgin is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University (İstanbul, Turkey). She has been an active member and current co-president of the Center for European Studies Student Forum at the university. In 2015 she was granted the Erasmus scholarship to study Political Science at Helsinki University (Helsinki, Finland). In the following year, she received a travel grant to visit Yerevan, to carry out research on Syrian Armenians. During her final year at university, she started taking Chinese language courses. She became one of the founding members of the Chinese Culture and Language Club (Buzhong) which is funded by the Confucius Institute at Boğaziçi University, where she is taking a Chinese language course. At the Yenching Academy, Melike wants to concentrate in Politics and International Relations, while focusing on China’s foreign policy evolution and its present implementation. Her other goals at the academy are to improve her Chinese and increase her knowledge about Chinese civilization and history. In the future, she would like to contribute to the development of relations between Turkey and China while continuing her academic career. She is looking forward to exploring various aspects of China, including current issues in Chinese political life and foreign policy.
Gozde Celikread bio
Gozde Celik completed her undergraduate degree in the field of Economics at Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. During her undergraduate years, she became fascinated by China’s new leading economic role, and then by Chinese culture, economy, people and language. She wrote her thesis on Chinese Economic Growth in the context of the Middle Income Trap to further understand the “Chinese economic miracle” and its effects. The Confucius Institute, where she studied Mandarin, gave her opportunities to visit different cities in China, further encouraging her to continue studying Chinese society as a whole. With this aim in mind, during her senior year, she applied and was accepted for a Tsinghua CI Scholarship, and is currently studying Mandarin in Beijing. At the Yenching Academy, she intends to do research in economics and business, and to study Chinese economic growth with a focus on the country’s dramatic policy structural transformation from a manufacturing-based, export oriented growth policy into a services-based, consumption oriented policy. Gozde is also very much interested in the current and future relation between China and Turkey.