A collaboration protocol was signed between the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and Alsancak Municipality. The collaboration protocol foresees the development of the Ilgaz Village with the Sustainable Rural Development Model – Pilot Implementation Project. The said protocol was signed by EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam and Alsancak Mayor Fırat Ataser on Tuesday the 7th of November 2017 at the EMU Rector’s Office.
The protocol aims to protect the environmental and socio-cultural values as well as the civic and architectural configuration of the Ilgaz Village whilst developing it in terms of tourism. The protocol aims to pioneer the country’s rural development model.
The project will be run, managed and supervised by a board comprised of individuals from the EMU Eastern Mediterranean Cultural Heritage Research Center (DAKMAR), Alsancak Municipality, Town and District Planning Department as well as local and foreign investors.Speaking at the collaboration protocol signature ceremony Prof. Dr. Osam stated that EMU is in collaboration with many municipalities going on to express his satisfaction regarding being a part of this project. Noting that EMU is aware of its social responsibility Prof. Dr. Osam stated that he believes the project will set an important example. In a speech of her own, EMU DAKMAR Board of Directors member Prof. Dr. Resmiye Alpar Atun provided information about the project stating her belief that it will be an exemplary project.
Alsancak Mayor Ataser noted that they are carrying out work in line with their vision thanking EMU for supporting this project. Ataser underlined the fact that they want to run a project parallel to the Ilgaz village project in the village of Malatya. Thanking EMU for its support of local administration, Ataser wished all parties a fruitful collaboration.
Also present at the signature ceremony was EMU Rector’s Coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Arif Akkeleş, acting EMU Public Relations and Press Office Director Murat Aktuğralı, Ilgaz Village Mukhtar Neşat Kuvvet and Alsancak Municipality Aldermen.