Fri. 01.04.2016
The commemoration night on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of March Genocide

1win Azerbaijan Student Network and Coordination Centre for Azerbaijanis in Germany in cooperation with the Azerbaijani House  have organized the commemoration night on the occasion of the 98th anniversary of March Genocide committed against the Azerbaijanis throught the country at the outset of XX century for the insidious purpose of establishing the “Great Armenia” in the territory of Azerbaijan. The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan in the Federal Republic of Germany Parviz Shahbazov greeted the event participants and delivered his speech on the significance of the commemoration of March Genocide unitedly by all Azerbaijanis living in Germany and elsewhere abroad in order to raise Azerbaijan’s genuine voice duly and sufficiently to the world community.
The remembrance was followed by the Executive Director of Coordination Centre, Heydar Mirza’s presentation on the main causes and consequences of the genocide, adressing a number of thought-provoking questions to the participants. “Besides being an appaling tragedy for the Azerbaijani nation, the genocide could also be regarded as the “birthday” of Azerbaijan since it was an impetus for Azerbaijanis to unite under the only and one goal of forming the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.” The discussion on the topic continued around the tea table at the informal level.








Thu. 25.02.2016
Memorial evening and photo exhibition on the anniversary of the Khojaly Genocide

On February 24, in the Cultural Center of the “Shehitlik-Mosque” the Azerbaijani Student Network, the German Azerbaijani Coordination Council in Berlin, the “DiTiB Sehitlik-Mosque” and “Azerbaijan House” jointly organized a memorial evening and held a photo exhibition on the anniversary of the Khojaly genocide.

The event was opened by the member of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Fuad Muradov. He welcomed the participants, apprised the history of Armenian occupation and talked about the effective measures taken by Azerbaijan side to deliver the truth of Armenian occupation to the world community.  Then during the speech, Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Germany, Rizvan Nabiyev noted that, in order to reach the global awareness about Khojaly genocide, it is very important to do felicitous work with the native and international intellectuals and academic researchers.  Following the event, the head of the Cultural Center of the “Sehitlik-Mosque” Ender Chetin and the businessman Hasan Babur, expressed their respect to the Azerbaijani martyrs killed in Khojaly genocide and pledged their support to the brother Azerbaijan nation.

The main part of the event was performed by Dr. Rufat Sattarov.  He gave a presentation on “Religious symbolism in post-Soviet Azerbaijan, in the case of Khojaly genocide” and was followed with the wide and interesting discussion.  In the end, attenders participated in the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition on Khojaly genocide that will last for two weeks in the Cultural Center of the “Sehitlik-Mosque”.

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Fri. 11.12.2015
Movie and Talk Evening about Nesimi

20151127_210645On the 27th of November we watched together with our friends in the Azerbaijani House the movie “Nesimi”. The movie was made in the 70s in Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, it was only available in Azerbaijani. The movie is about the life of the medieval mystic, philosopher and poet Imameddin Nesimi. The storyline of the movie takes place in the XIV and XV century when Timur´s armies wanted to conquer Azerbaijan. The Sufi and poet Nesimi is in the middle of the power struggle and religion conflicts of this period. He meets dervishes, rulers and sheikhs. He starts to discover the deeper meaning of life and calls upon the people for inner liberation.

After the movie was showed the Turkologist and guest lecturer of our Talk&Cay Round – Micahel Heß shared with us, during his talk, important information about Nesimi. PD Dr. Michael Heß was extensively preoccupied with Nesimi and translated his poems into German. Heß explained that “Nesimi was the voice of a religious branch which was spread in the Caspian See, the Middle East and Central Asia. This religious flow is known as Hurufismus.” Heß also talked about the way Nesimi versified. According to him “Nesimi´s works are characterised by poetic and rhetoric brilliancy combined with religious emotionality, which is spoken directly from the heart of the poet.” This mastery of artistic means was not reached by any one within the Turkish poetry. Nesimi seems to be on the same level as Hafez, one of the most famous Persian poets of his time.


Fri. 04.12.2015
German-Azerbaijani evening with members of the German Parliament


On 1st of December 2015 Berlin hosted an evening of German-Azerbaijani friendship, organized by the 1win Azerbaijan Student Network with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft and the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany. Members of the Bundestag, employees, diplomats, policy experts and academics, discussed various aspects of bilateral relations: from history and culture to the economy and foreign policy.

The topic of this event were the centuries-old and highly varied traditions of the harmonious German-Azerbaijani relations. Between XIX and XX century lots of Germans fled from Wurttemberg to South Caucasus and settled down. During the First World War the situation of Germans in the South-Caucasus region got worse, so they were driven out by the Russians to Siberia despite of the Azerbaijani protests against it.

Dr. Andreas Apelt, Deutsche Gesellschaft welcomed the participants and opened the event.

Parviz Shahbazov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan, stressed out in his introduction speech the importance of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, considering the intercultural exchange as well as the economic partnerships.


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Hanns-Eberhard-Schleyer, chairman of the Board of the German-Azerbaijani Forum, explained the role of the Forum as one key point in the relationships between these two countries.



Ibrahim Ahmadov, Chief Executive of the 1win Azerbaijan Student Network, emphasised that these two cultures have common values, as Azerbaijan is a country where women were given the right to vote earlier than in many European countries, for example, France, Italy and Germany. There was no transfer of European values to Azerbaijan. These values are Azerbaijani values linked to its cultural and historical experience. In this regard, Azerbaijan and Europe share common values, which are the solid foundation for close cooperation.


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Moreover, Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Auch, Chair of the History of Azerbaijan at the Humboldt University in Berlin, held a keynote speech about the historical development of the Swabian life in South Caucasus. She underlined the respect and tolerance with which the Germans were welcomed and pointed out that interreligious and intercultural exchange was nothing new to the Azerbaijani people. In addition,she emphasised that the German heritage is most preserved in Azerbaijan in the whole Region.


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During the panel discussion the future of the German-Azerbaijani Relations was discussed considering the historical background.

Tabea Rößner, Member of the German Parliament (Bündnis 90/ die Grünen), was visiting Göygöl, former Helenendorf, in Azerbaijan this year. According to her, she was positively surprised by the manner the German and Azerbaijani people were living together, so she was able to learn a lot about her own culture as well.


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Gunther Krichbaum, Member of the German Parliament (CDU/CSU Fraction), stressed out the strategic role Azerbaijan has for Germany and the EU. Charles M. Huber, Member of the German Parliament (CDU/CSU Fraction), underlined Azerbaijan´s important role in the diversification process of the European energy supply and noted that the economic cooperation between Germany and Azerbaijan can bring mutual benefit.Gunther Krichbaum

Gunther Krichbaum, addressed the issue of the still on-going Nagorno-Karabach conflict pointing out that Armenia is contrary to international law occupying Nagorno-Karabach and 7 provinces, a territory which is legally part of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  He also mentions the problem of refugees, who had to flee from their homes during the Nagorno-Karabach occupation, and still cannot return.


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Additionally, His Excellency the Ambassador Shahbazovasked an important question referring to double standards Europe is applying. While there were sanctions against Russia in the case of the Crimea crisis almost immediately after the conflict escalated, there is no single sanction against Armenia. His Excellency also expressed his wishes in this regard, considering the fact that Germany will take over the Presidency of the OSCE and hopefully will do more to dissolve this conflict.


At the end the participants could enjoy delicious food and wine from Azerbaijan while continuing the discussion and taking a look at the photo exhibition. This event proved again that Germany and Azerbaijan have a common history which is the mail stone for a common future.


Tue. 24.11.2015
Talk&Cay – Dr. Rufat Sattarov about Islam

DSC_7014 Kopie (1)Islam in Azerbaijan is a topic that is not mentioned very often. The reason for this can be the fact that in Germany there are not many experts specialising in this field. Taking this into consideration, it becomes even more important to exchange views and information about Islam in and around Azerbaijan with Dr. Rufat Sattarov. He is an independent scholar of Islamic studies and Turkology, currently living in Berlin. The topic of his dissertation is: “Islam, State, and Society in Independent Azerbaijan”. The monograph based on his dissertation was published in Wiesbaden in 2009.

This time the Talk&Cay round table took place in the Azerbaijani House on the 21st of November with discussions about Islam in Azerbaijan with a special emphasise on political and socio-cultural developments during the Soviet period.

At the present time, Islamic developments in Azerbaijan  attract attention of scholars and experts as never before. This year the participation level of local believers in religious ceremonies linked to the commemoration day of the Battle of Karbala and the death of Imam Hussayn (The Ashura day) was extremely high.

During the meeting, Dr Sattarov presented peculiarities of Islam and historical development of its institutions in Azerbaijan. He also emphasised that in Azerbaijan Shiites and Sunnis had been living together since long ago.

In the end, participants asked Dr. Sattarov lots of interesting questions regarding different aspects of “Islamic revival”  and terrorism threats on behalf of religion in Azerbaijan. While answering those questions, Dr Sattarov paid special attention on problematics of terminology and its instrumentalisation, interpretation and misuse in modern media.

It was a truly inspiring evening, showing tolerance, mutual respect and understanding among its participants.

We are preparing even more events. On 27th of November a film about Nesimi will be presented in the Azerbaijani House. Unfortunately, the film screening will be held in Azerbaijani only, as there exist no English or German versions of it. Additionally, Michael Heß will held a short talk about Nesimi.

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Sun. 15.11.2015
Baku startup scene: connecting Baku with other tech hubs

Unbenannt-1On November 14th Azerbaijani Student Network (ASN) with the support of “Azerbaijani House” have organized the speech of Nail Valiyev on topic of “Baku Startup Scene: Connecting Baku with other tech hubs

Nail has MBA and Master in Management degrees in London where he started working for one of the largest incubator. Founded a number of London-based startups. CEO at Khazar Ventures – the first seed fund in Baku where responsible for fundraising, investments, portfolio management and strategy. An advisor and mentor for startups and tech companies in various countries. Has been involved in startup ecosystems of Silicon Valley, Baku, Istanbul, Moscow and London for over 5 years.

Many countries want to replicate Silicon Valley and try to make it in different ways – legislation reforms, incentives for startups and investors, creating and developing institutions promoting and educating technology and entrepreneurship etc.

Baku doesn’t have many advantages over other technology hubs but one and this is indisputable – it’s multilingual and multicultural. Majority of educated people in Baku would speak Turkish, English, Russian and Azerbaijani. It could be potentially a regional tech hub, where we would attract investors, startups, entrepreneurs and talent to the country. Thus it makes sense to connect Baku with many other technology ecosystems across the world. Nail mentioned that Khazar Ventures is not just working with private and public institutions but also try to connect Baku with Silicon Valley, Berlin, London, Istanbul and many other hubs by working together with business angels, venture capital firms, startups. However, Nail believes that it is possible to bring back engineering talent that Baku has lost after the independence from the Soviets. By bridging Baku and other ecosystems we create the potential to bring investors, startups, universities and institutions to the country. In order to make that happen, there should be a strong support from the government, private companies and universities. This will create the right entrepreneurial environment, will be a base for venture capital and accelerators, create and attract tech talent to the country.

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Fri. 06.11.2015
Talk&Cay with Michael R. Hess – Unforgettable Nesimi Evening in the Heart of Berlin

12187983_1203115786382048_7144106508795523071_o So it came to the next meeting in the Azerbaijani House in the framework of the Talk&Cay Program. This time our guest Michael Reinhard Hess. He is a turkologist and researcher of the Azerbaijani poet   Imameddin Nesimi. According to Hess, Nesimi has been honoured by the Azerbaijani as one of the most significant poet. Thus, it was not surprizing that Nesimi was the main topic of the evening. Nesimi represented hurufism – a religious doctrine well-known on the territories of Caspian Sea, Middle East and Central Asia. Michael Hess referred to Nesimi’s poetic style.  „It is typical for his works that poetic and rhetoric brilliance is combined with religious emotion expressed directly from the poet’s soul… Nobody else in Turkish poetry could reach that mastering of the artistic means… Nesimi created at the same level as Hafez, one of the most popular Persian poets of his time.

To Michael Hess’s regret, Nesimi is hardly known by the western audience. There are very few studies about his works. Contrary to this, Rumi is much more familiar. According to Hess, Rumi’s works are easier to interpret. The poems of Nesimi are more complex, thus, more profound.

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During the meeting a few words were mentioned about Bodenstedt. The writer Friedrich

von Bodenstedt got acquainted with the Azerbaijani poet Mirza Schaffy (Mirzə Şəfi Vazeh) in Tiflis . In 1851 he published the book „Songs of Mirza-Schaffy“, which became a best-seller. However, it has been found out that the poems had originated not from Mirza-Schaffy, but Bodenstedt himself.

During the meeting black tee and Turkish Baklava were served. The profound knowledge of Mr. Hess impressed the guests.

We thank our guest Michael Hess for this nice get-together and hope to meet him again in the future.


Thu. 29.10.2015
Talk&Cay with Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Auch

img_7999As a next round of “Talk&Cay”, organized by 1win Azerbaijan Student Network, Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Auch was a guest in Azerbaijani house in Berlin after the first meeting with Heiko Langner. The main purpose of the round-table is to establish a cross-cultural and intellectual exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.

Eva-Maria Auch is a professor of “History of Azerbaijan” at the Institute of History at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and has completed Oriental studies in Baku. Exactly, this point was interesting for the guests as well. Needless to say, it was not typical for Germans to study in Baku during the Cold War. It was during 1974 when the Socialism was ubiquitous both in the USSR and East Germany.  Would it not have been easier to get used quickly to the life and situation in Baku? The answer is obviously not, since living environment was significantly different between Baku and Berlin. Mrs. Auch and two other German students have confronted different country, culture, customs and above all a different education system in the new city. Being from central European culture it was not an easy challenge for them, but still an important experience that shaped their future life. It was especially interesting to hear the description of life in a student dormitory which has housed the students and Ph.D. candidates from Asia, Africa and South America. Due to the fact that the knowledge of Arabic language was a prerequisite for oriental studies and many Arabic families resided in dormitory, it could have been possible to improve one’s Arabic language knowledge by talking with them. But it was not welcome to contact the non-socialist oriented nationalities or who were not allies at that time. As an alternative, there were occasional friendship evenings where the people were able to demonstrate friendship among various nationalities.


It was necessary to get adapted to the German reality after the studies have finished. Along with additional qualifications, specialization in Islamic Studies and East European history and doctorate were acquired. Nevertheless, the connection to Baku has never been cut. Followed by Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the reunification of Germany many academic autobiographies were destroyed. Several fellows like Uwe Halbach and Andreas Kappeler took courage to continue, although the deficient number of experts on Caucasus was obvious in reunified Germany. The interest was great. Among her academic career stations where she took the position of professor were the cities like Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Bern, Giessen, Göttingen. Nevertheless, it was not easy to represent an objective position as a guest regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Additionally, the academics have put forth extensive efforts since 1994 to establish an interdisciplinary teaching and research about Caucasus in Germany. But their efforts were not successful due to insufficient scientific political interest. In this respect Azerbaijani government’s initiatives to boost up a visiting professorship must be highly appreciated.

Currently the existence of the chair “The History of Azerbaijan” was extended for another five years and new projects are already planned. Nevertheless, it is required to establish an interdisciplinary competence center in order to keep the chair of Azerbaijan and Caucasus in force for a longer period. It will also bring Berlin and Germany wide regional knowledge together and encourage youth engagement. Caucasus is the part of the world that requires a more precise and extensive research. There are still plenty of research gaps and therefore much to do ahead. Therefore, Mrs. Auch has called the present students and Ph.D. candidates to present an active participation in further research.


After the discussion the guests and Mrs. Auch were able to exchange ideas while having bashkirian sweets and black tea. We thank our guest for her participation in “Talk&Cay” round and our guests for their interesting questions.


Thu. 08.10.2015
ASN opens new Azerbaijani language and history courses at Czech universities

1win Azerbaijan Student Network (ASN) initiated Azerbaijani language courses at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Ostrava. The new course, taught by an Azerbaijani lecturer Shebnem Asadova, is not limited to the Faculty of Philosophy but is available for students from all other faculties of the university.

This week also has seen opening of the second year of languge courses, under the auspices of the ASN at the Charles University in Prague. Azerbaijani language courses becoming popular among students of Philosophy faculty, especially after the ASN this summer sent for a week to Azerbaijan two best students to practice their language skills and visit historical sights.

“Given last year’s success, this semester we in cooperation with the Head of the Institute of Eastern European Studies decided to add another Azerbaijan related course to the Charles University curriculum – “History of Azerbaijan,” said the director of the Prague office of 1win Azerbaijan Student Network Eldar Valiyev.


Wed. 08.07.2015
The interfaith Iftar Dinner (Fasting-break) in Berlin.

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The organizers have noted that the interreligious conflicts which have been persisting since long ages could only be averted through the promotion of interreligious dialogue and the establishment of multicultural and tolerant environment. The members of the ASN talking about the significance of the Azerbaijani multicultural model of the co-existence, have highlighted that Azerbaijan has been able to develop social circumstances which embraces all the people regardless of their nationalities, races and religions. They expressed their wishes that it is the wish of each of them to see the similar social success in all countries which struggle with the racism and xenophobia. It was their goal in organizing the Iftar table to contribute to the promotion and establishment of interfaith dialogue and friendship.

The guests who made speeches at the evening stressed the importance of gathering of the members of different faiths together and highly valued the efforts of the ASN. The representatives of the Berlin Jews Student Network underlined the necessity of multicultural and tolerant environment for the establishment and maintaining peace and friendship between nations and religions. They highly valued that working for peace is one of the primary goals of the 1win Azerbaijan Student Network.

Before and after the Iftar meal along with live music was performed.

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Tue. 26.05.2015
Khojaly Genocide was commemorated in Buchenwald


In the course of the ‪‎RememberKhojaly‬ campaign on Saturday, May 16, the 1win Azerbaijan Student Network (ASN) organized a tour to Buchenwald Memorial- the infamous Nazi concentration camp known as Buchenwald which existed between 1937 and 1945 on Ettersberg.

The tour served to the goal to raise awarene of the tragic consequences of racist and expansionist government policies.

Unfortunately, despite the lessons that must have been learned from the tragedies that humanity experienced during the two world wars, some states have not ceased to invade foreign countries and kill people for more power and territory. The 1win Azerbaijan Student Network, a student representative organization of a country which is the victim of genocide (Khojaly Genocide- 1992) and ongoing invasion by its neighboring country Armenia firmly stands for peaceful and friendly relations among nations, and strives to promote these values.

17 students from different countries – Spain, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, France, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Slovakia and Azerbaijan – joined the tour. The students were informed about the ruthless crimes committed by Nazis in the first half of XX century. During the discussions organized after the excursion Ulkar Valizada, an active member of the ASN, talked about the legal and political foundations of the term “genocide”, and stated that during the XX century the Azerbaijani people also experienced one of the most tragic genocides in the human history in Khojaly a small Azerbaijani town in Nagorno-Karabakh, and she lamented that the criminals of Khojaly genocide are yet to be prosecuted. The French student Alix de Narbonne and the Slovakian student Matus Sivachek promised to help the ASN in the future in its struggle to raise awareness of the Khojaly genocide in their respective countries. Afterwards the participants were given books, booklets and visiual materials about Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.




Thu. 16.04.2015

The career fair Global Talent had yesterday on April 15, 2015 the second round. At the Berlin Chamber of Commerce a great program was offered around the career development for international junior and management employee.

Despite continuing spring weather up to 200 students took the chance to attend this event to take a part. It was known that the first Global Talent career fair for students and businesses was a great success. Past students have presented at yesterday’s event as satisfied employees their dream company and answered questions for career interest of today.

Not only the number of participants increased. Global talent could shine with more than 25 companies invited and network partners. Large companies such as SOCAR, PwC and E.ON were represented, but also fresh startups like viasto and diplomatic employers such as the Foreign Office.

The selected companies and organizations stood in the foyer with an information booth to answer questions. Participants were thus among the reputable companies a direct contact and an insight into a variety of job opportunities.

The presentation of the business were done in the “Pecha Kucha” format – a modern and dynamic presentation techniques, are projected on the right to an oral presentation pictures on a wall. Held these presentations by company representatives from immigrant backgrounds to share their experiences in their career to the present.

In addition to interesting lectures and dialogue between experts and students there were also professional career coaching, which prepares participants for a successful application phase. In addition, the possibility existed CVs and application folders by Berlin Partner of Economics and Technology GmbH to be verified.

Global Talent ends from the second round with a successful day and looking forward to the positive career development of the participants.


Wed. 15.04.2015
GLOBAL TALENT: Business meets High Potentials

150220_Global_Talent_E-1 GLOBAL TALENT ist das Karriereevent für internationale Nachwuchsfach- und führungskräfte mit Migrationshintergrund. Bis zu 20 Unternehmen präsentieren sich in Form von Pecha-Kucha Sessions und stehen im Anschluss für Eure Fragen zur Verfügung.

GLOBAL TALENT geht insbesondere auf die Anforderungen und Voraussetzungen ein, die benötigt werden, um als Student oder Young Professional bei einem Unternehmen erfolgreich einzusteigen. Dazu wird ein Gespräch mit einem Karrierecoach und Vorträge mit Best-Practice-Beispielen aus namhaften Unternehmen Einblicke geben und ein Dialog zwischen Experten und Studenten anregen.

Die Präsentation der Unternehmen erfolgt im „Pecha Kucha“ Format – einer Vortragstechnik, bei der zu einem mündlichen Vortrag passende Bilder an eine Wand projiziert werden. Gehalten werden diese Vorträge von Unternehmensvertretern mit Migrationshintergrund, um deren Erfahrungen auf ihrem Berufsweg mit den Anwesenden zu teilen. Mehr über Pecha-Kucha.

Als Teilnehmer erhalten Sie einen Einblick in Jobperspektiven bei namhaften Unternehmen und können sich mit anderen Teilnehmern austauschen und vernetzen. Ausgewählte Unternehmen und Organisationen stehen im Foyer mit einem Infostand Rede und Antwort. Für Snacks und Getränke in den Pausen und beim abschließenden Get-Together ist gesorgt, bei dem weitere Vertreter von Unternehmen und der Politik zu einem Austausch geladen sind.