The Rector of International Balkan University, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Dursun Erdem addressed the graduates and the audience at the Graduation Ceremony which was held on 10th June 2019 at the IBU Campus in Skopje. We would like to share Rector’s speech:
” Honorable Prime Minister, Mr. Zoran Zaev,
Honorable Ambassador of Turkey, Mrs. Tulin Erkal Kara,
Valuable President of the Management Board of IBU, Mr. Ajdovan Ademoski,
Dear rectors of universities,
Valuable graduates and parents;
Dear guests and friends of IBU,
In the very beginning, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Mr. Zoran Zaev for his presence. We are grateful for his support and interest with IBU since the first day he came into office as Prime Minister of this country.
To the Honorable President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, I offer my thankfulness and gratitude. Since the first day of the foundation of this university, he has been engaged in providing all kind of support so that we can serve the young generations in best way possible and build bridges of cooperation with all Balkan people.
Born at the present territory, he never lost love and interest for our country. I would like to thank the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey and Honorary member of the Board of Trustees of IBU, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop for standing by our side whenever we needed a helping hand and an advice.
In addition, I wish to praise all of our past rectors, management board members, academics, administrative staff, alumni for their efforts to make IBU a truly respectable brand today.

From the very first moment I arrived at this university, I felt the weight and importance of undertaking a major mission on my shoulders.
As a truly international university with 7 faculties, around 30 bachelor, masters, and doctoral programs, IBU applies advanced and modern approach in education based on universal standards.
I have the privilege to announce you that we have initiated the accreditation of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and we have started talks of establishing a Faculty of Civil Aviation here at IBU.
With a 100% education in English language, we offer our students an international education standard. In addition, with the mobility programs of Erasmus and Mevlana, we have opened the doors to 150 universities from 40 different countries to our students.
Thanks to hard work of our academic staff,  IBU in 2017 was ranked as the best university in North Macedonia in the field of teaching and learning by the Shanghai University Ranking – a very valid grade for our success and quality of education.
Before I end my speech, I have few words to add to the parents who entrusted their children to us.
No matter how proud you are of your children, it will never be enough. Today, with their knowledge, courage and motivation, they are ready to start a new stage in their lives, reach successful careers, but also serve for the benefit of their countries and to the peace of the world.
Dear graduates,
Congratulations on your graduation! Whatever you do in life, never ever forget that IBU will always be your second home!
We deeply believe that you are the leaders of tomorrow, and we are really proud of you!
Thank you!
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Dursun Erdem
Rector of IBU