International Partners Week
Getting positive results from the work carried out during this partnership week in the midst of the May holidays contributed bright, high contrast and in particular inspiring city of Istanbul with its "East-West" soul. So, the highlights of this international event should be noted.
4th of May: Visiting this city for the first time, once you get the impression of a highly visible and diversified culture and different attitude toward life: attitude to people and the environment, infrastructure, education and health sphere and the overall quality of life; it is radically different from that "standard", that there is in our own country, therefore, imposes a special stamp. All this is a red line runs through the organization and selection of clusters presented during the International Partners Week, emphasizing its high level. During the first working day our Turkish colleagues presented a series of presentations thus sharing their international experience within the existing intra-HEI internationalization strategy. The presentations were presented by Director of the Department of International Academic Relations - Dr. Gürkan Donat and the representative of the association of foreign students IAU Selman Arslanbaş, also by Dr. Selin Şenocak - Chairman of UNESCO at IAU was made presentation on the theme "Cultural diplomacy, management and education". At the end of the first working day organizers held a panoramic tour of the area and training laboratories and classrooms of the University, as well as organized a tour to Istanbul Aquarium.
5th of May: Work program of International Partners Week was full representational meetings and seminars. The second day of the event began with the meeting, the main theme of which was "Strategies of professional higher education" (in collaboration with the British Council), Professor Zafer Utlu и Gizem Akingi were held an application seminar: “University - Industry. Collaboration and innovation”. This great day completed a boat trip on the Bosphorus, revealing a magnificent view of Istanbul.
6th of May: At the beginning of the third working day in Istanbul Aydin University was organized the «Erasmus + Partners Fair ", where all the participants represented their HEIs, told about the possibilities and perspectives of learning. Acquaintance with universities continued within the framework of the workshop "Study abroad: Meeting with students IAU», in which were represented a series of presentations of European countries such as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania and Romania. During the event were discussed approaches to teaching, quality of education and living conditions of students in foreign universities. Students and speakers shared their views on what the prospects are waiting for them in continuing education in other countries and shared his perspective and ideas for the future.
7th of May: Opened the final day International Partners Week - seminar "International and European funding programs" and "Cooperation with national and international organizations", which expanded the horizons of international cooperation in joint projects and attracting financing in educational sector. This was followed by representational meeting aimed at the exchange of ideas and practices with the presentation of educational institutions of the participants, among which was worthily represented Odessa National Polytechnic University. A the end of the day was a party with the presentation of certificates of participation, as well as organized entertaining evening with a fashion show at the Cultural Center «Florya».
8th of May: Day of relaxation after the intensive work week, organizers of the International Partners Week made a tour of the most famous sights of the city, the pearl of Istanbul - Mosque of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet and Grand Bazaar impressed by its grandeur and coloring.
As a result of the event were reached the agreements on joint cooperation and participation in educational projects and signed a framework agreement.
Visiting International Partners Week, like all such well-organized activities inspiring on forward movement, revive the spirit of innovation and pushing for fresh ideas and solutions, it not only allows you to look at the existing achievements through the prism of a new approach (different from those in the home country) but also to develop a radically different perception of living and spark change.