On November 24, 2015, Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, visited Ankara, Turkey and met with Professor Halil Inalcik, a leading Ottoman Empire historian, at Bilkent University. Then a ceremony was held in Bilkent University’s Mithat Coruh Amfi Concert Hall with the participation of Faiq Baghirov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Azerbaijan Republic to Turkey. At the ceremony, two of the founding members of Eurasian Academy, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli and Arif Melikov, Azerbaijan People’s Artist and well-known composer, presented the Eurasian Legend award to a third founding member, Halil Inalcik.
At the ceremony, photos were taken, and the entire ceremony was filmed for use in a short presentation that will be made in the official opening ceremony of Eurasian Academy in the near future in Baku. After the ceremony, Hamlet Isaxanli and Ambassador Baghirov discussed general issues related to Azerbaijani-Turkish relations.
Alovsat Amirbeyli, Khazar University’s Director for Public Relations and Media, and Nailakhanim Isayeva, Advisor to the Board of Directors and Trustees for Humanitarian and Organizational Affairs, also participated in the ceremony.
On November 5, 2015, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, Founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, visited Berkeley, California and met with Professor Lotfi Zadeh, an Azerbaijani scholar, the father of the theory of fuzzy logic in the field of artificial intelligence, and a professor at University of California, Berkeley, in the professor’s home. Hamlet Isaxanli and Lotfi Zadeh are two of the five founding members of Eurasian Academy. During the meeting, the two professors discussed education in Azerbaijan, the activities of Eurasian Academy, and other issues. On behalf of Eurasian Academy, Hamlet Isaxanli presented the Eurasian Legend award to Lotfi Zadeh. Photos were taken, and filming was done for a short film that is being prepared for showing at the official opening ceremony of Eurasian Academy planned for later this month. L. Zadeh expressed his hopes for the future of Azerbaijan and for the successful launch of Eurasian Academy.
On October 10th, 2015, two of the Eurasian Academy founders, Professor Halil Inalcık and Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, met in Ankara, Turkey. They discussed the development of the Eurasian Academy as well as tasks to be completed in the near future, including the organization of the Academy’s opening ceremony.
The winner of the competition to design sketches and a model for a trophy for Eurasia Academy, held from June 1st to September 15th, 2013, was Afag Karimova. A. Karimova began her work as a textile artist (concentrating on carpet making) in 1985. She worked as a Senior Designer at Azerkhalcha until 1995, then as a Senior Designer and Division Manager at the ANAS Literature Museum named after Nizami Ganjavi until 2004. More than 50 of her works are displayed in museums, both in Azerbaijan and abroad in countries such as the USA, France, Turkey, Spain, and in private collections.
She has been a member of the Azerbaijan Artists’ Union since 1997. She is currently working as an instructor and as the Director of the Carpet Museum at Khazar University.
The Eurasian Legend is the symbolic name of an award in the form of a trophy that was custom-made to be given to the members of Eurasian Academy, starting with its five founders. It was prepared in Shanghai based on the plans of well-known artist and carpet-maker Afag Karimova, who designed the trophy according to the recommendations of founder Hamlet Isaxanli. The trophy includes symbols of knowledge, culture, science, and wisdom as well as modern attributes. It consists of two sections: a clear crystal decorative vase and a gold-colored metal topper reflecting numerous symbols.
It is shaped symmetrically with a height of 38 cm, a width (diameter) of 8 cm in the vase and 12 cm at the top. The topper is shaped like an artist’s palette, on top of which semi-precious stones of different colors have been affixed in order to represent squeezed-out oil paints as a symbol of fine arts. On top, it includes symbols of science and education such as an opened, winged book and a harp-like stringed musical instrument. Each element is made of stylized national symbols. The inside of the vase is a functional hourglass. There are “buta” (teardrop/paisley) figures on the upper and lower parts of the crystal vase to represent the temporal nature and repetition of eternity.