Can you talk a little bit about yourself? Who is İrem Yücesoy?
I graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Department of Civil Engineering. After working in the sector for about three years, SHGM was going to hire two civil engineers. As a result of my application, I became one of the two civil engineers to be recruited by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation. I worked in the airport office for almost two years. We worked on issues that require engineering knowledge, such as airport runway surface conditions, and airport design. When we went to our audits, our primary focus was aviation safety and I wanted to improve myself in this regard.
A letter came to our institution from the Jean Monnet coordination team regarding the Jean Monnet scholarship program, which I knew about before but had not applied to before. More quotas are provided as public employees are the people who can be directly involved in legislation management studies and they are the people who can be involved in the European Union studies and legislation and bring their knowledge directly to the country.
I applied with permission from my institution and entered a three to four-month working process. As a result, I was awarded the scholarship. Since my focus has always been to ensure safety, I applied to the Aviation Safety Management Master Program and was accepted. After receiving acceptance from the aviation university ENAC in France, I made my choice and decided to study at ENAC. After 6 months of theoretical training, I joined the 1-year EUROCONTROL Safety Management Traineeship program. I had very good experiences and now I am working in the Air Navigation Department of my institution.
Did you have any overseas experience before applying for the Jean Monnet scholarship?
When I was in high school, I went to Italy with the Comenius exchange program. I had the experience of living abroad during that time. Of course, in high school, you may not be very aware of some things. It was a good adventure back then and I thought it was over. After graduating from school, I always had a certification program abroad or a master’s degree in order to experience different things. Therefore, when such a chance came my way, I wanted to apply and I succeeded.
Can you tell us about the Jean Monnet scholarship application process?
First of all, I believe that the more young people there are, new graduates, and people who have a desire for this subject, the more useful it will be. Because the Jean Monnet scholarship program is a program that has been given for a long time, but many people are not even aware of it. The Jean MA program is one that especially senior university students and graduate students can apply to, not only public employees. A very valuable scholarship program, when you compare it with other scholarship programs in Türkiye, it may actually be the first scholarship program that provides the best conditions.
I would like to give a brief summary of Jean Monnet. Since Türkiye is a candidate country of the European Union, Türkiye is expected to make arrangements in accordance with EU legislation within the framework of the legislation. We are trying to make our legislation appropriate in the current process. Within the scope of the European Union, EASA produces very good regulations. There is an effort to bring legislation in Türkiye in line with these regulations, but they are not yet fully implemented.
The Jean Monnet scholarship program is in a specific subject, the field you study in, generally, it takes place in the form of accelerating the EU harmonization process by getting accepted by a university in Europe and doing an internship, study, research, graduate program there for a year and transferring the information you learned to the relevant institutions in Türkiye.
There are many sections, I applied from Section 14, Transport Policy. There are some expected requirements regarding the application process (if not changed). If you are applying as a senior university student, your grade point average is expected to be 3.00. You need to have a minimum score of 6.5 from IELTS (You can find the required scores from other language exams on the Jean Monnet website). After graduation, if your average is not 3.00, you cannot apply directly. There is a 2 year minimum requirement working in the sector. If you are a public employee and a graduate student, you can apply.
At the end of your application, after checking that you meet the requirements, a letter comes. In the letter, it states that you are eligible to take the exam. To summarize the exam, they usually always ask four questions. Two of them expect you to know detailed information about Türkiye’s integration process and position regarding the topic you applied for. For example, since I applied from the Transport Policy title, the question I encountered was as follows:
- Your school fee
- Your monthly living expenses
- Visa costs and all your expenses are covered