ERASMUS+ KURUM KOORDİNATÖRLÜĞÜ
SELÇUK UNIVERSITY ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT

 

Selçuk University recognizes that educational institutions play a vital role in the process of “International Understanding and Cooperation”. Therefore Selçuk University is dedicated to provide its students with a varied education with an international influence and is constantly striving to expand and improve its reputation for international involvement.

In addition to existing EU programmes, a new mobility programme called “Mevlana Exchange Programme” has recently been introduced in the Selçuk University. This programme is funded by the Council of Turkish Higher Education. Through this programme, the staff and students of Selcuk University have the opportunity to involve in exchange with the universities from all over the world except for European Countries.

A "Dual Degree Program" was initiated jointly with Montana State University in the departments of 'Mechanical Engineering' and 'Biochemistry' in the 2007-2008 academic year. 40 students successfully completed their training in these programs conducted entirely in English, and the first graduates received their diploma in the 2011-2012 academic year.

A project of a master's degree in the field of English Language and Literature for young scientists from Kabul and Balkh Universities of Afghanistan supported by the World Bank has been conducted jointly with Kansas State University of the United States as a partner.

A) In choosing the partners, the university’s primary goal is establishing quality partnerships that meet our needs. The head of departments and the department coordinators come together to define and discuss the specific needs of each department. Once it has been decided what outcomes desired, searching procedures begin for the partner institutions whose programs align with the department’s goals. In the prospected partner institutions, the key elements to look for are the programmes and specializations offered within degree programmes, internationally recognised accreditations, and training options. Through web searches, international weeks, conferences, preparatory visits and invitations, they meet with their partners and carefully discuss the terms and conditions of the co-operation which will create a fruitful partnership for both parties.

B) Selçuk University determines the geographical areas in accordance with the needs of each department. Each department prefers Higher Education Institutions from the most developed countries in their specialisation areas.

For the most popular foreign language taught in Turkey is English, we tend to choose our partners from the higher education institutions where English is used in teaching.

C) Selçuk University is aware of the fact that successful participation of university, students, and staff in the exchange programmes triggers the expansion of their scope and raises the number of international projects. The main objective is to improve the quantity and the quality of students and staff participating in international projects.

Considering the proportions of each student cycles and high number of first cycle students in Selçuk University, first cycle students come first among the existing exchange student’s figures too.

While the first cycle students are the primary target group of the administration, students at different levels of study too are encouraged to take part in exchange programmes.

Based on its long-lasting ambition to internationalization process, Selçuk Uni. is determined to promote all international programmes among its students and members of the staff. Selçuk Uni. would like to transform to an international centre to attract the foreign students and academicians. Towards these aims, the university consistently looks for new opportunities for international cooperation projects, encourages its student and staff to participate in those projects and exempts them from regular responsibilities during the projects, while providing financial, logistic, and technical support for implementation and publication of those projects.

With the establishment of "The EU Research and Application Centre", several bilateral agreements were signed with universities from European Union countries on the basis of sections within the framework of exchange programs like Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, etc. A large number of students and academic staff have benefited from the exchange program. The number of students and academic staff benefiting from these programs has increased and the scope of the program has continuously been expanded.

Increasing attainment levels: In spite of an increase in recent years, Turkey's ratio of HE attendees is still below EU average. As the largest university in Turkey with 73 thousand students, Selçuk U. is the biggest contributor to Turkey's goal of increasing the quantity of HE graduates. But the numbers alone does not meet the requirements of a modern society since their qualities are also important. We expect the outgoing students and staff would benefit from their host universities in terms of up-to-date knowledge, practical education and research skills as well as intercultural communication and cooperation. This is an incomparable opportunity for everyone, especially for those students from undeveloped parts of the country. These personal benefits would ultimately contribute to a more general increase in the society's gain from universities.

Improving the relevance of HE: Being a large university and a part of a HE system designed in the 20th century, it is very difficult to adapt into new demands of the society and labour market rapidly. Despite the recent changes in curriculum and the rejuvenation efforts in teaching staff we still recognize our shortcomings in equipping our graduates with the competence and flexibility they need to succeed. We hope that our students' and staff's stay abroad would fill the intellectual gaps they have in their minds between theory, practise and the sectoral realities. Strengthening quality: S.U. recognizes the enormous importance of international mobility and cooperation in the personal, institutional and social development. Accordingly, Erasmus Programme is considered as the biggest opportunity towards our aim of reaching the EU's qualitative and quantitative standards, like 20% of students studying abroad. 

Making the triangle work: Despite the recent shift in Turkish universities' priorities from a mostly theoretical notion of education and research towards a more practical one, compatible with the production and business word, it is still far from satisfying. That shift is also seen in our institution, many joint projects with various sectors have been introduced; but old habits and routines are very difficult to discourage. More examples are needed for our students and staff to be able to interpret the meanings of research, study, business and whole higher education in their lives productively. We recognize the Erasmus Pr. as a perfect opportunity to see, perceive and adopt the working examples of collaboration between the triangle. 

Improving governance: Although Turkey is not affected by the financial crisis in EU, there is a need for new sources as the number of universities and students increase. Therefore a reform in funding and financial management is needed here too. We hope our staff and students who will also be managers and administrators in the future, would carefully examine the successful governance techniques in their host countries and take lessons from them to use in the future.