On 14-18th March dr Monika Kacprzak visited Erciyes University in Kayseri (Turkey) in the Erasmus program.
Kayesrito is a city in Turkey with population of over million people at the foot of an extinct volcano Erciyes. The University, named after the volcano, has been operating since 1978 and currently has 18 departments. Over 50 thousand students study there. In the ancient times it was a Christian metropolis, known primarily as a seat of bishop St. Basil the Great (329-379 r.).
In the Erasmus program I gave a series of lectures on online journalism. Each of them ended with many questions connected not only with the topic of journalism itself, but also about Poland. I was amazed by the Turkish students’ knowledge about our country. They knew a lot of historical facts and actually were familiar with current political situation. They were mostly interested in what we, the Poles, think of Turkey.
Thanks to the hospitality of journalism faculty lecturers I was also able to visit the Göreme National Park. It is a museum situated in Cappadocia, which consists of 350 Byzantine churches carved in the rock. It was here, that the communities of anchorites living under the guidance of St. Basil formed as early as the fourth century. Preserved colourful frescoes, which I could see, date back to the tenth and eleventh century. This region, now completely subjected to the influence of the Muslim, is associated, however, with the life of many Christian saints (St. Macrina, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Peter, Bishop Sebesty, St. Macrina Younger).
The trip to Kayseri was for me a unique opportunity to improve my competence, establish new contacts with scientific and educational nature and understand better the traditions and culture of the country, from where a lot of students come to study at the College of Social and Media Culture in Torun.