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Asim Balci

Educating the Next Generation of Scholars

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Assistant Professor

Mulga University

MPA; Public Administration; 1996
University of Kentucky

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What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
I enjoy learning new things, searching new subjects, spending some time in the library, etc. The issues that are discussed in the literature but are not an important part of my country's academic world are the most interesting ones for me to underline and elaborate for specific conditions of my country's public sector. If these subjects have a chance of changing the daily activities of the public servants and/or making a difference in terms of public service provision, it becomes more important to work on them.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
First, I chose to pursue an MPA degree to continue my academic career. Second, it is important for me to have an international academic perspective in terms of what are the current issues, ongoing debates, what could be transferred to my own country, etc.

How did you select your graduate school?
I didn't have much choice because of time limitation and acceptance conditions. It is not easy as a foreigner to get an acceptance for graduate education and be subjected to the same conditions as an American student.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
My MPA degree is making a difference in helping me gain new perspectives and fresh ideas. For example, when I was there [University of Kentucky], I concentrated on quality management issues in the public sector. When I returned my country, I still worked on this subject academically and at the same time, I work professionally as an advisor to the Minister of Health on quality and accreditation.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Rigorous * Creative * Organized * Committed * Curious * Independent * Service-Oriented *

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