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Studying at Birkbeck – interview with Cemal from Turkey

Cemal Erksun, Student Profile

Cemal studies MSc Sports Management and the Business of Football at Birkbeck, University of London. Having worked for the Turkish Basketball Federation for several years, and being a former athlete himself, Cemal was keen to develop his knowledge of the management of sports and felt the course was the perfect fit for him.

He says: ‘The programme contents was very attractive, and the fact that Birkbeck is part of the University of London, which is an internationally recognised and respected university was also an important factor. The tutors are experts in their fields. The content of the classes was very relevant to what is happening in the sports management world. You can go to the tutors at any time with any question and they will always try to help you. As an additional bonus, I am living in London, which is an amazing city.’

Birkbeck’s classes are all taught in the evening which means that students can combine their study with work or other daytime commitments. Cemal finds the evening teaching works well for him. He says: ‘Full-time study is demanding, but I have the daytime to go to the library, do the reading for my course and write my essays. I also do a lot of sports during the day, and the University of London sports centre is right next to the library.’

One of the things that Cemal hoped to gain from studying in London was new relationships with others in the sports business world: ‘My relationship with my colleagues in my class is very good. It’s a big international community, with students from South America, Asia and Europe. There’s a very nice atmosphere.’

In the future, Cemal hopes to go back to Turkey and continue working in sports management.  He says: ‘Studying this programme has broadened my perspectives and helped me to understand the modern sports management sector. The knowledge I have gained will definitely help me achieve my career aims, and I will use it to do good things for my country.’

Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. Read more about Birkbeck, University of London, take a look at the courses on offer and contact the university directly with any questions you might have about studying there.

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