Erasmus Information Seminar
"Erasmus Information Seminar" which is organized by the International Relations Office took place for the first time in Bezmialem Vakif University on 29th March 2013. International Relations Office Coordinator Pınar ELBASAN gave information about the activities and bilateral agreements were established by International Relations Office. Following that Prof. Dr. Ethem GÜNEREN, Head of Department, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, was invited to give the opening speech. After his speech, he gave a presentation focusing on "Bologna", "Erasmus" and "Mobility" issues and pointed out the importance of Internationalization. Assoc.Prof. Dr. Atilla AKDEMIR, Erasmus Instutional Coordinator gave detailed information on bilateral agreements signed by the faculties of our University and gave a presentation on Erasmus Programme. The presentation focused on different topics concerning "What is the Erasmus Programme", "Erasmus' Benefits", "Bezmialem Vakif University and Erasmus", "Erasmus Process-How It Works". Ceren GENÇ, International Relations Advisor to the President of Altın Koza University, gave a speech on topics "The Historical Development of the Bologna Process", "ECTS", and “Work Load", then introduced the Erasmus Programme to our students, academic and administrative staff by giving detailed information on the Erasmus process. Finally Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sevinç HATİPOĞLU Erasmus Institutional Coordinator of Istanbul University, was invited to the podium to share their experience throughout the process while giving her presentation on the subject of "Erasmus at Istanbul University". The seminar ended with a lively question and answer session.
Bezmialem Attended EAIE
More than 4000 international education professionals from more than 80 countries attended EAIE's 24th Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, September 11-14. On behalf of Bezmialem Vakif University (BVU) Atilla AKDEMIR, Erasmus Instutional Coordinator and Pınar ELBASAN, International Relations Office Coordinator attended EAIE. Higher education professionals who came from all over the world met with each other at the biggest international higher education conference of Europe in order to discover new trends in international higher education, network and exchange knowledge with like-minded professionals, discuss hot topics and develop policies, meet distinguished figures and gain inspiring ideas, innovate, advance the international higher education field and build new partnerships by visiting the conference exhibition.
Within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) there are some 6000 higher education Institutions. In total some 60.000 people in the EHEA are working in internationalization or related fields. The EAIE’s mission is to help professionalize their members and to actively serve all those involved in the internationalisation of higher education. EAIE supports these professionals through their annual conferences, training courses and publications.
This year within Turkish National Agency, together with Bezmialem Vakif University, 38 public and private universities attended the conference and represented Turkey. Furthermore, Musa CEYLAN, President of Center For European Union Education and Youth Programmes (President of LLP and Youth Programmes Turkish National Agency) and Ilyas ULGUR, Erasmus Program Coordinator, and his team attended to conference. The conference which is held annually in September will be held at Istanbul Congress Center between 10-13 September in 2013.
Orıentatıon Program At Bvu Was Organızed For Internatıonal Students
“Orientation Program” was organized for the students who had enrolled to our university within the international student quota in 2012-2013 academic year by Bezmialem Vakif University (BVU). Orientation is three-days program organized by International Relations Office to introduce international students to each other, the campus and local community.
Orientation programming was exclusively focused on the new international students from Tuesday, September 4 through Thursday, September 6. Students were received detailed information about Orientation during three days. Program started with the presentation of Pınar Elbasan, International Relations Office Coordinator.
Programs continued throughout three days and will include: information sessions about faculties, campus, Turkey, Turkish culture, student visa, health insurance, accommodation, overview of student services and clubs, adaptation process to life at BVU and also Istanbul and a welcome by Prof. Dr. Adnan Yüksel, President and Ahmet Akça, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BVU. Students were introduced to university’s academic and administrative staff. With the purpose of introducing Istanbul to our students who came from different countries around the world, tours were organized to historical and touristic places of İstanbul, such as Pierre Loti, Blue Mosque, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Hagia Sophia.
Bezmialem Attended NAFSA
More than 8,500 international education professionals from around the world attended NAFSA's 64th Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas, May 27-June 1, 2012. On behalf of Bezmialem, Bora Erdem (General Secretary) and Pinar Elbasan (Coordinator of International Relations Office) attended NAFSA for the benefit of internationalization of our university.
NAFSA was founded in 1948 as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers to promote the professional development. With nearly 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to higher education. NAFSA is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA's Annual Conference & Expo attracts more than 8,000 attendees from 150 countries in May each year and is widely recognized as the world's premier meeting, networking, and learning opportunity for international educators.
NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.
10 Foundation Universities including Bezmialem from Turkey attended NAFSA and represented Turkey. Furthermore, Cemalettin Aydın, Consul General of Turkey in Houston; Mustafa Aydın, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK)- The Business Council of Education Economy’s President and Fahrettin Altun, Advisor of President of The Council of Higher Education were at the NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference & Expo.