Partnership with leading Turkish research uni

Earlier this week we were pleased to welcome visitors from one of Turkey’s leading research universities.

Back L-R: Amber Allonby, Zoe Whittle, Katja Nieminen, Professor David Bird, Professor Rod Scott, Professor Dr Fikri Karaesmen, Professor Colin Grant, Professor Dr İhsan Solaroğlu, Professor Dr Alphan Sennaroglu, Professor Dr Attila Gürsoy, Professor Tim Ibell, Caroline Baylon, Dr James Bilzon; Front L-R: Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Professor Dr M İrşadi Aksun

The delegation from Koç University in Istanbul, led by Vice President Professor Dr İrşadi Aksun, was here to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, signalling the beginning of what is hoped to be a fruitful relationship as strategic partners.

Professor Colin Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), had met with staff from Koç University during two exploratory visits in 2014 and the visit this week was planned to take forward matters discussed previously, with an additional aim of establishing ways to utilise mobility funds.

Dame Glynis welcomes two of the delegates from Koç University

The Turkish delegates met with representatives from the Faculties of Science, Engineering & Design and Humanities & Social Sciences to formalise research links in shared areas of interest.

Discussions covered opportunities for collaboration with the Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Health.

As the majority of classes at Koç University are taught in English, there is also potential to explore student exchanges at all levels.

Professor Grant said: "Koc University, Istanbul, and the University of Bath have much in common: a shared commitment to partnership, a commitment to excellence in both research and education, a shared international vision and many shared partners around the world.

"Our meetings were productive and focused and we look forward to many tangible outcomes in the very near future."

We look forward to sharing more details when they are finalised.

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