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Last week, a couple of administrators, Rev. Ryan and Dr. Akinci, associate dean of the William G. McGowan business school and director of the Graduate Health Care Administration Program, visited Turkey to work on inter-college initiatives that will further develop academic collaborations between King’s and partner higher educational institutions in Turkey.

“I am very pleased to announce that King’s College already established the Mevlana Exchange Program Agreements with Gumushane University and Süleyman Demirel University in Turkey for faculty and student exchanges,” said Akinci. “All expenses incurred for such exchanges are fully covered by the Turkish Higher Educational Council.”

Akinci recently represented King’s for a panel, titled “Internationalization of Universities,” at the 2014 Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association Conference held at the University of Maryland College Park.

He met with the presidents of several public and non-profit foundation universities in Turkey to share King’s College’s recent collaboration initiatives including the 3+2 engineering dual program with the University of Notre Dame, 2+2 business administration dual degree program with Zirve University, and 1+1 HCA dual degree graduate program with Acibadem University and Süleyman Demirel University in Turkey.

While they were there, they were trying to figure out exactly what kind of initiatives they are looking to establish. Plus, they were able to figure out what their future ambitions are going to be for expanding the academic network King’s is a part of in the community.

They finalized two 2+2 dual degree articulation agreements in Business Administration between King’s College and two foundation universities (Zirve University and Bursa Orhangazi University). They also explored additional academic collaborations with seven other public and foundation universities. These collaborations will allow the school to mobilize faculty and students between our institutions.

They now use their existing contacts in Turkey to initiate academic collaborations. They partner with institutions that have internalizations as part of their strategic plan.   King’s College already signed a Mevlana Exchange protocol with two public universities (Gumushane University and Suleyman Demirel University) to mobilize faculty and students.

All expenses incurred under such exchanges will be fully paid by the Turkish Higher Educational Council. There are also funding opportunities for joint research conducted by King’s College faculty and faculty members from the Turkish partner universities through TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).

Another area of potential collaboration with Turkish universities is English language preparation training. This training will target Turkish students to improve their language skills before they start their 2+2 programs at King’s College.  Also, current collaboration initiatives will provide internship and job placement opportunities for King’s students in Turkey.