Every year, more and more Erasmus students take advantage of opportunities to study in Turkey
A new, modern university located in Konya, Turkey is Necmettin Erbakan University(NEU), founded in 2010. A state university, NEU has 14 schools located in 5 colleges along with 13 research centers. NEU is a hidden jewel of the Turkish university system, and study there is now available to millions of students from other parts of Europe.
Broadening Horizons, Enriching Lives through Erasmus
Studying abroad is an incredibly enriching experience. Students who spend a portion of their academic career are exposed to new ideas and cultures, improve their foreign language and other communication skills, and begin to make international relationships. More surprising for some is the discovery that they have more in common with people in other countries than they originally thought. While it may be natural to believe that students studying international relations or language would find the experience most beneficial, the truth is that travel and study abroad is an eye-opening experience that broadens the mind of students in any field.
Since 1987, students in European Union countries have had the opportunity to study abroad through a program called Erasmus. Millions of students have taken advantage of Erasmus, which allows students to attend universities in other countries without paying higher tuition, and assists with scholarships, housing, language study, transfer of credits, and a myriad of other details necessary to make the process as easy and beneficial as possible.
For some European students, Erasmus is their first experience spending an extended period of time in another country. Participants not only learn about the host country, but they develop a sense of connectedness with students and the people of other countries. Much of their learning takes place outside the classroom in shared living quarters, sidewalk terraces and weekend excursions to the country or to cultural centers.
No one is able to predict the future, but it is easy to imagine that participation in Erasmus will have a profound effect on the next generation of citizens in their development of a pan-European identity. World leaders who have lived and studied abroad are more likely to understand their counterparts from other nations and thus be better prepared to reach agreements and avoid conflicts in the future.
Turkey is a Proud Participant in Erasmus
Turkey is a country that European students may tend to overlook for their Erasmus experience because of its location far to the southeast of Europe, its Muslim heritage, and unfamiliar language. Only 5% of Turkish territory is actually on the European continent, so this is easy to understand. However, Turkey provides an educational experience unlike any other available under the Erasmus program precisely because of the factors listed above. Not only that, but there are many other reasons why Turkey is an excellent choice for many foreign exchange students.
First of all, much of the instruction at the undergraduate level is given in English, German and French. While in Turkey you will want to learn a bit of the language in order to make the experience more rewarding, but it is not necessary for study.
Secondly, Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Turkey is a member of the G20 and of NATO. Economic opportunities abound in Turkey for well educated individuals, and studying in Turkey provides a unique chance to take advantage of those opportunities. Turkey is a modern country with a stable government, safe streets, and a warm, welcoming population. The fact that Turkey is the sixth most visited country in the world, receiving more tourists than Germany or Great Britain, is a testament to its attractiveness as a place to visit.
Thirdly, because the culture is in many ways so different, a student in Turkey is taking maximum advantage of the most important difference between studying at home and studying abroad. As Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” To which may be added that travel to places that are very different have a correspondingly more beneficial effect on the human mind and spirit.
Ancient Civilization, Modern Present
The cultural heritage of Turkey isn’t just different. It’s amazing. Nearly 100 million people speak Turkish, and there are 200 million speakers of Turkic languages, many of which are mutually intelligible. These speakers range from southeastern Europe through the Middle East, to Siberia and China. The Hittite civilization was located in present day Turkey and was contemporary with Egypt and Babylon, and Turkey has a written history going back more than 4,500 years. The Assyrians, Greeks and Romans all held sway over the country at one time or another, and Turkey was the heart of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Trade in silk, spices, gold and other goods flowed through Turkey between Europe and the Far East.
Turkey has world class universities, and has a robust program for helping exchange students make the most out of their Erasmus experience, including opportunities for scholarships. The website http://studyinturkey.com has a wealth of information on studying abroad in Turkey. More than 100 Turkish universities participate in the program, and the number of foreign students has more than doubled since 2006. The Turkish government actively encourages foreign students and makes a special effort to make them feel welcome while providing them with a terrific education.
NEU is a Great Choice for Erasmus Students
Students at NEU have a wide range of choices for their studies at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including numerous PhD programs. Courses include medicine, education, religion, engineering, architecture, tourism, aeronautics, dentistry, fine arts, and social sciences.
Education at NEU does not end in the classroom. The University has an unusually diverse offering of graduate programs and research institutes where students have the opportunity to put classroom theory into practice with hands on experience and cutting edge technology. The student body of nearly 30,000 has access research centers in the hard sciences, social sciences and other fields, consisting of the following:
- Family and Youth Research Center
- Technology and Innovation Research Center
- Experimental Medicine Research Center
- Turkish Diaspora Application and Research Center
- ESWL and Kidney Stone Research Center
- Safety, Health and Environment Practice and Research Center
- Konya Architecture and Environmental Planning Research Center
- Meram Medical Faculty of Health Research Center
- Organ Transplant Education Research and Center
- Continuing Education Research Center
- Turkish Education and Research Center
- International Rumi Civilizations Research Center
- Distance Education Research Center
- Elderly and Handicapped Care Education and Research Center
Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Necmettin Erbakan University has been selected to receive the BID International Star Award for Quality for 2015 at the convention in Geneva.
About BID and the International Star Award for Quality:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries.
The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level.
Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.