Workshop on Fostering Productive Cultural Exchange through U.S. Study Abroad Programs
Thirty-four representatives from the International Relations and related offices of 25 state universities convened for our workshop, which was held October 19-20, 2017 in Ankara. The workshop was aimed at fostering discussions about best practices and strategies to increase and strengthen educational exchange opportunities for visiting faculty, researchers and students between the United States and Turkey.
The workshop included presentations by Boğaziçi University’s Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Naz Zeynep Atay, Ms. Zeynep Ezgi Erdem, Specialist and Advisor to Departing Students in the Office of International Programs at Koç University, Ms. B. Yasemin Başar, Student Advisor in İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University’s Office of International Students and Exchange Programs, and Dr. İbrahim Yorgun, International Engagement and Partnership Development Coordinator in Middle East Technical University’s International Cooperations Office, all of whom shared their knowledge and experiences to address how Turkish universities can increase and improve their opportunities for cultural and educational exchange.
Workshop participants also received information on programs and resources available via a Skype presentation by Ms. Jennifer Lawson, U.S.A. Study Abroad Outreach Officer in the Office of Global Programs within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.