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NAFSA 2015 Boston International Education Fair, USA (24-30 May 2015)

NAFSA 2015 Boston International Education Fair and Annual Co

A delegation from Akdeniz University, under the coordination of the International Relations Office, attended the NAFSA International Education Fair and Annual Conference which was held between May 24th and 30th 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. The delegation was made up of Prof. Dr. Abdullah Aziz Ergin, Vice-rector, Prof. Dr. Burhan Özkan, Advisor to the Rector and Head of the International Relations Office, Aydın Özdemir, Head of the Health, Culture and Sports Directorate, and Nurgül Büyükkalay, Mevlana Exchange Programme Institutional Coordinator. Representatives from 16 other Turkish universities also attended the fair, which is held in a different city in the USA every year and, as one of the largest education fairs in the world, attracts approximately 10,000 visitors. All the Turkish universities which took part in the fair did so as part of the “Study in Turkey” Programme. The delegation from Akdeniz University was able to establish contacts with the representatives of many universities and educational institutions from countries all over the world, and used this opportunity to establish several valuable bilateral and Mevlana Exchange Programme agreements.

A meeting was also held for the Turkish and Russian universities which were present at the Fair as part of "Russian Academic Excellence Project". During the meeting the subject of improving and developing collaboration between Turkish and Russian universities was introduced by the Education and Science Ministry of Russia, followed by an opportunity for the various delegations to make presentations of their universities and educational institutions. The Mevlana Exchange Programme was also introduced, with great stress being placed on the value of this programme in underlining the international standing of Turkey in the field of education. There was also discussion of the budgetary provisions for both incoming and outgoing students and academic staff members, and in particular the importance of increasing the number of Mevlana Exchange Programme agreements with Russia.

NAFSA 2015 Boston International Education Fair and Annual Co

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