A lifelong dream project for Drs. Aziz and Gwen Sancar, two professors at UNC-CH, the idea of a Turk Evi by a university campus goes back many years. “The day I stepped off the airplane in Dallas-Texas, I essentially saw the need for such a house on college campuses and promised myself to eventually dedicate my resources to a project of this kind” said Dr. Sancar, proudly after the purchase of the property.
The Carolina Turk Evi is owned by the Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation (AGS Foundation) of Chapel Hill. The mission of AGS Foundation is to establish a permanent Turkish Center in close proximity to the campus of UNC-CH. The center will provide graduate housing for Four Turkish researchers at UNC-CH, as well as short term guest services for Turkish visiting scholars. UNC-CH currently hosts approximately 100 Turkish students and scholars. These individuals often initially have difficulty adapting to American culture. Carolina Turk Evi will facilitate their transition.