Wednesday 03 February 2021

As the British Council in Turkey, we are going to hold third session of the Turkey Higher Education Talks webinar series to discuss national and institutional higher education partnerships between Turkey and the UK. Join our third session to connect with colleagues from both Turkey and the UK and share your experience.

The topic of the discussion is ‘Strengthening UK-Turkey Higher Education Partnerships: Future Prospects’

Globalisation is bringing a new dimension to national and institutional partnerships in higher education around the world. Consisting of 207 higher education institutions, it is also a priority for the Turkish higher education sector. 

In this session, higher education leads will discuss the current situation in Turkey-UK partnerships and try to find answers to the below questions:

  • What are the priority areas for higher education partnerships? 
  • What are the current barriers for establishing UK-Turkey institutional partnerships?
  • What are the suggestions to improve fundamental conditions for establishing institutional partnerships?
  • What are the enabling factors to establish successful partnerships based on real world examples? 

Join us on Wednesday 03 February at 13.00 (UK time)/ 16.00 (TR time). The webinar will be held in English and the panel will answer your questions during the live session. 

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Prof. Murat Yülek - Rector, OSTIM Technical University

 Prof. Yülek is the rector of OSTM Technical University. He has also given training and seminars at universities such as Georgetown, Duke and Yale. He has many academic and professional works and has worked as an economist in the IMF, investment specialist in the Islamic Development Bank, has given consultancy in organisations such as the World Bank, EBRD, UNCTAD, and senior manager or board member in various companies and banks. Prof. Yülek, who is a partner of the international consultancy company PGlobal and has taken responsibilities in various countries in the fields of economic development, corporate finance and management and macroeconomic policy. His book Industrial Policy and Sustainable Growth was among the 10 most downloaded new books in economics published by the well-known international publishing house Springer in 2018. Prof. Yülek provides consultancies to governments, companies and international institutions and organisations.

Pete Richards - Director of Partnership Operations, Coventry University

Pete Richards has been working within the Higher Education sector for over a decade, holding senior, international and commercial roles at Sydney’s highly acclaimed Macquarie Graduate School of Management (now Macquarie Business School), Henley Business School and Navitas. For the last four years Pete has operated within Coventry University’s Academic Partnership Unit, and now leads the University’s Transnational Education (TNE) team. As Director of Partnership Development and Operations Pete and his team strategically manage a network of 45 TNE partnerships located all around the world, delivering Coventry University programmes, via various TNE models, to c.19,500 active students.

Ayşe Deniz Özkan - Vice Director for Global Education and Partnerships, Istanbul Aydın University, EURIE Conference Programme Coordinator

 Ayse is currently Vice-Director responsible for Global Education and Partnerships at Istanbul Aydin University. She is an international education professional of 14 years, with previous experience in the higher education sector as lecturer. She has worked in many areas of international education (Erasmus, exchange and summer programs, marketing and recruitment, managing services for international students). She is also the coordinator for the conference program of EURIE Eurasia Higher Education Summit. She delivers trainings/ workshops for international office staff. Her experience and interests in higher education also cover the areas of strategic planning, quality assurance, and project management. 

Prof. Dr. Rachel Brooks - University of Surrey

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK, and an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education. She has published widely on numerous topics in the sociology of higher education, including international student mobility, student politics, and the experiences of students with caring responsibilities. In addition to her work on UK-Turkey Higher Education partnerships for the British Council, she is currently leading a large European Research Council-funded project (‘Eurostudents’) that is exploring the ways in which higher education students are understood across Europe. Her recent books include: Education and Society: Places, Policies Processes and Materialities and Mobilities in Education.

 Assoc. Prof. Armağan Erdoğan - Beykoz University

Dr. Erdoğan is an associate professor in higher education studies. Currently she works at Beykoz University in Istanbul. Her research interests are gender, internationalisation and quality in higher education. After being awarded a scholarship from the Council of Higher Education in Turkey, she received her postgraduate degree from the University of Warwick. She worked as the advisor to the president of the Turkish Council of Higher Education between 2008 and 2014; and head of the International Unit at the Council between 2008 and 2012. She was the Bologna Follow-up Group Representative of Turkey, worked as the contact person of Turkey at the ENIC-NARIC Network, and acted as the Secretary General of the Turkish Rectors Conference at the EUA Council. She was also the country coordinator of “EduMAP”, a Horizon 2020 project, and the coordinator of “Elite Dialogue” Projects which analyse Syrian university students and academics in Turkey.

Moderator: Ayşen Güven - Director Education for the British Council in Turkey.

She has been working intensively on improving the quality of English provision in the higher education sector in Turkey at national and institutional level. Ayşen worked at an English as a medium of instruction (EMI) university for 20 years as a teacher, trainer and supervisor, focusing on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), specialising in EAP curriculum design, reflective practice, leadership and change management. She is currently the co-ordinator of the IATEFL English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group (ESP SIG).

In every two months, higher education professionals will be brought together to exchange knowledge and ideas on different topics. Come back and tune in to find out more, the series is free of charge.