He Realized His Dream of Model Airplane in Turkey

Ethiopian students who went abroad for the first time within TABIP Summer Academy conducted by Yunus Emre Institute under the auspices Presidency realized his dream to see the model helicopter, airplane, and drone in Turkey.

An Ethiopian university student who went abroad for the first time within the Academic and Scientific Cooperation Project of Turkey (TABIP) Summer Academy conducted by Yunus Emre Institute under the auspices of Presidency feels joyful about realizing his dream to see the model helicopter, airplane, and drone in Turkey.

14 successful students who came from USA, China, England, Germany, Malesia, Morocco, Ethiopia, Syria, and Brunei for the Academy took theoretical and applied lessons on aeronautics and space industry in the relevant departments of İstanbul Technical and Erciyes Universities, flew model helicopter, airplane and drone, and visited aeronautics companies.

The students who followed the 3rd stage of championship conducted within TEKNOFEST Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival which Anatolian Agency (AA) is its global communication partner in Nevşehir Ürgüp took theoretical lessons from Associate Professor Tuğrul Oktay and Dr. Lecturer Mehmet Konar in Kayseri Erciyes University.

20-year-old Ethiopian Tensae Alemayehu who went abroad for the first time realized his dream of model aircraft which he had never seen before due to lack of opportunity in Turkey.

“What I saw enhanced my admiration to Turkey”

Alemayahu told in his statement to the AA reporter that he was studying in the third grade in Mekelle University Department of Mechanics Engineering.

Tensae Alemayehu who said that he came to Turkey thanks to TABIP project which has a broad network in Africa due to his interest and curiosity for the field of aeronautics and space said:

“I have always wanted to be an engineer on aeronautics since I was a kid. My main target was to become an astronaut but my country does not provide education regarding this. Therefore, I had to apply for another program. I was accepted to a few universities but I could not enroll due to financial problems. Therefore, I chose the best and closest university which I can afford. In order not to depart from aeronautics and space technology, I had to take extra classes along with my department’s classes. My dreams became true with the TABIP project that came out of nowhere. I am one of the youngest students here. I have experienced unbelievable things; I will share everything I learned in my country from the drone to fly a model airplane. I have already started to get in contact with universities and institutes. Just like I got in contact with Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, the President of İstanbul Technical University. I am planning to gather a group of 5-6 people in my country. I got a promise from the Yunus Emre Institute regarding this issue. They told me that they would support me in every issue.”

Alemayehu who also stated that he had the chance to perform an application and experiment on aircraft within the education he took in Turkey, said: “What I saw enhanced my admiration to Turkey”.

Furkan Koca, the expert of TABIP, expressed that they brought 14 students from 9 countries to Turkey within the portal, that they were the most successful students in the engineering departments of their universities.

Koca who said that they brought the students to show them Turkey’s development and capacity in this field also stated, “There were African students among them. These were the students who had never seen a drone or model airplane in their countries. We organized this program to introduce these technologies developed in Turkey to those students, to let them express their experiences in their universities when they return and even to make projects about it.”