Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Al Qaida hurt by financial crisis


Top universities in the world

1 Harvard University US
2 University of Cambridge UK
3 Yale University US
4 University College London UK
5=6 Imperial College London UK
5=6 University of Oxford UK
7 University of Chicago US
8 Princeton Universit US
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US
10 California Institute of Technology US

Here the top 200 according Times Higher Education.
All Dutch universities made it to the top 200, not one Turkish university.
Sjanghai university distributes once a year the top 500. Last year only Koç University made it to place 497.

Dutch, Turkish ministers open investment agency in Turkey


Good friend is in charge here.

The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade Frank Heemskerk and the Turkish Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Çağlayan met Monday in Istanbul for the opening of the Netherlands Foreign Investments Agency.
"With the opening of the agency we are targeting the development of bilateral economic relations and expanding knowledge of Netherlands,” said Heemskerk, speaking during the opening ceremony. "The visit of [our] trade and investment delegation shows once again that the Netherlands has much confidence in the recent economic and financial reforms implemented during the past few years in Turkey.
"Last year the trade volume between the two countries was $6.2 billion. However, this volume has seen a 35 percent contraction due to the crisis," said Çağlayan.
"In Turkey there are 700 Dutch companies and the total investment of these companies is $14 billion. On the other hand, there are 139 Turkish companies investing in the Netherlands with a total capital of $4 billion," Çağlayan said.
"Turkey is full of opportunities," said Heemskerk, adding that during this visit he will also go to Ankara to meet Turkish officials and trading partners.
"Infrastructure and environmental investments are expected to increase in Turkey within the economic modernization that the Turkish government is going through," he said. "That's why it is really important to evaluate the potential of the Turkish economy. The incentive programs by the government also provide an opportunity for Dutch entrepreneurs."
Source: hurriyet daily news

Day Opening - October 14


The Nabatean city of Petra, Jordania.