Russian-Turkish University Cooperation to Become More IntensiveJune 1, 2015
On 27 May, 14 universities of Project 5-100 and 16 leading Turkish universities met for negotiations during the NAFSA expo. The Turkish side featured the following universities: Boğaziçi University, Middle Eastern Technical University (METU/ODTÜ), Koç University, Sabancı University, Akdeniz University, Bilkent University, Yeditepe University, Istanbul Aydin University, Fatih University, Atılım University, Haliç University, Abdullah Gül University, Bezmialem University, İstanbul Bilgi University, Ankara University and Bahçeşehir University.
Opening addresses were given by Alexander Povalko (Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation), Dr. Mustafa Aydin (Chairman of the Higher Education Business Council of Turkey) and Halis Kaya (Advisor for International Education, Ministry of Economics of Turkey).
The parties agreed that despite successful cooperation in such areas as energy, trade, military technology and security, there has nevertheless been a lack of effective collaboration in matters of education between the two nations. For the last five years, since the start of the Turkish academic excellence initiative, Turkey has intensified its efforts in terms of broadening the level of internationalization among its leading universities. The terms of a Russian partnership with this ongoing initiative formed the basis of the negotiations.
Turkish representatives made a presentation of the university-members of the Аssociation A2, and described the format and priorities of international cooperation -- including the program of academic exchanges Mevlana -- which has been running since 2011. Elena Chernyshkova (Deputy Executive Director of Project 5-100 Office) made mention of the universities taking part in Project 5-100 and expanded on the progress of the Project.
Five university members of the Project (National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Ural Federal University and the Higher School of Economics) are already cooperating with Turkish counterparts in the area of student exchanges. Most Turkish universities also have Russian professors, which at least serves as an indicator of a certain familiarity, if not total cooperation, between the two countries. If nothing else, this get-together demonstrated an awareness of the need for further unity between Turkey and Russia in the areas of student mobility and scientific research.