Dr Tunc Aybak (pictured second from right) with his award and other winners on the night
Dr Tunc Aybak has been recognised for his work in politics and education at the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot Community Achievement Awards, hosted by the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS).
The senior politics lecturer at Middlesex University was chosen from a group of 12 nominees in the Politics and Education category for his contributions to public debates and community education.
The award aims to improve solidarity among local Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities, as well as promoting positive role models for young and aspiring public figures.
To be recognised in this field means a lot to Dr Aybak, who earned his PhD researching Turkey’s relationship with Europe and is now programme leader for the BA International Politics and BA International Politics and Law degrees at Middlesex.
“I feel both humbled and honoured to be recognised by the representatives of Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities with my contributions to public debates and community education,” says Dr Aybak.
The award ceremony was attended by numerous figures from the political, business and cultural communities of Turkey and Britain. High profile politicians such as the Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn attended, as well as numerous MPs from various Turkish and British political parties.
The event also marked the fifth year of CEFTUS as a non-profit organisation dedicated to building bridges between Britain and Turkey.
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