Another module of lectures at the Balkan Youth School was held by Professor Elif Nuroğlu from the Turkish-German University (TAU, Istanbul) on 2 May 2020. Professor Nuroğlu, whose area of expertise is in economics and international trade, delivered a set of lectures titled "Turkey in the Balkans: Prospects for Strengthening Socio-Political, Economic and Trade Relations".
During the seminar students had the opportunity to be introduced with the geopolitical strategic importance of the Balkan region, analysis of the key players in the area, and position of Turkey towards the Balkans in particular. Turkish role in the Balkans was analysed from socio-political perspective and also from an economic aspect putting special emphasis on increasing presence of Turkish investments in the region. By examining the export volumes, exported items, and foreign direct investments of Turkey towards Balkan countries, professor Nuroğlu compared position of Turkey in the region with other important actors like Russia, Germany, China, etc. As the export growth of Turkey in the region continues to increase, professor underlines, Turkey has the potential to be a serious player in the Balkans. Areas of Turkish increased presence include supply of electrical goods and appliances, motor vehicles, parts and components, power generating machinery and vehicles, metal articles, specific and general industrial machines and plastics.
The Balkan Youth School is an educational platform in the humanities, social and religious sciences. The study program is organized through modules, providing basic knowledge of history, human rights, international relations, political theories and issues, socio-political and religious issues, Ottoman history, arts and architecture, genocide studies, leadership and political thought.
The project is being implemented by the Balkan Studies Center of the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and supported by The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).