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Cooperation Agreements Signed with Universities from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan

Cooperation Agreements Signed with Universities from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan
The Ibn Haldun University delegation consisting of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. İrfan Gündüz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Necmeddin Bilal Erdoğan, President, Prof. Dr. Atilla Arkan, Haydar Aliyev Eurasian Studies Application and Research Center Director, Prof. Dr. Yaşar Sarı, and the International Office Director, Enes Yalman, visited the leading universities, academies and institutes of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan between 13-15 June 2022.

Collaboration Agreement Signed with ADA University

The delegation first visited Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where they attended a meeting at ADA University, one of the leading universities in Azerbaijan. During the visit, the delegation of Ibn Haldun University was welcomed by the President of ADA University, Prof. Dr. Hafız Paşayev, Vice-President Dr. Fariz İsmailzade, and other senior officials, and signed three agreements as a result of the negotiations. The first agreement signed was a letter of intent to develop further cooperation, while the other two agreements signed aimed at the exchange of students and faculty members between the two universities. Furthermore, the Organization of Turkic States was praised as a catalyst in developing collaborations and partnerships between higher education institutions. In order to achieve this, it was emphasized that subject-based studies and joint training and project activities should be supported by institutions and academics.

Digital University Project Discussed

Next, the delegation visited the Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEP) where they were warmly welcomed by the President and other administrators of the university during the visit. Ideas were exchanged regarding the joint university project of Turkish universities that can provide online education in our fast expanding digital world. Collaborations in specific fields such as Islamic Finance were discussed, and agreements were signed.

Meeting held with International Ahmet Yesevi University on Joint Studies

The delegation then flew to Kazakhstan and visited the International Ahmet Yesevi University, a joint university of the Turkish and Kazakh states, situated in the spiritual capital of the Turkic world, the city of Turkistan. During this visit, the delegation was welcomed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the university, Prof. Dr. Muhittin Şimşek, the President, Prof. Dr. Zhanar Temirbekova, and the Acting President, Prof. Dr. Cengiz Tomar, where they toured the university campus.

After the tour, discussions took place to jointly carry out projects that touch the public between the two universities. Apart from the projects that can be done in the field of education and training, issues such as strengthening the awareness of the Turkish world and developing strategic thinking were discussed. An agreement was made to take steps to organize activities such as congresses, conferences, and symposiums and organize summer schools on different subjects. The creation of “hybrid” programs and the contribution of Ibn Haldun University to distance education, which Ahmet Yesevi University is currently actively pursuing, came to the fore. It has been decided that the International Congress of Economy, Finance, and Energy, held every two years by Ahmet Yesevi University, will be held at Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul in 2024.

Collaboration between the Eurasian Research Institute and the Heydar Aliyev Center for Eurasian Studies will be developed

The third stop was in the city of Almaty, the cultural, educational, and commercial center of Kazakhstan. The delegation visited the Eurasia Research Institute, affiliated with International Ahmet University in Almaty. The Institute is the most critical and influential in the geography of Central Asia with the books, reports, and journals it publishes. A cooperation agreement was signed between the Institute and Heydar Aliyev Eurasian Studies Application and Research Center. Based on the cooperation agreement, it was envisaged that the Institute's experiences would be shared with the Research Center and that the central organization and the experts of Ibn Haldun University would contribute to the activities of the Institute.

KİMEP University Visited

The next stop of the delegation in Almaty was KİMEP University. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of KİMEP University and its President, Prof. Dr. Chan Young Bang, the university's various academic and administrative departments, faculty members, and students welcomed the delegation. After the speeches, agreements were signed between the two universities to exchange students and faculty members with a focus on education and projects. Furthermore, it was agreed that double diplomas can be awarded by both universities and subject-based joint academic activities were also agreed to be carried out.

Cooperation with Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, one of the oldest universities in Kazakhstan

The delegation then visited Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, which is at the top of world universities’ rankings, is one of the most well-established and successful universities in Kazakhstan. In the last two months, the university opened two branches, one in Istanbul and the other in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

The Delegation of Ibn Haldun University was welcomed by the President of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Prof. Dr. Canseyit Tüymebayev, and other officials. An agreement was signed between Ibn Haldun University and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, covering student and faculty exchange, joint master’s program, collaborative projects, and mutual internship programs. The contribution of Ibn Haldun University towards the educational activities on the campus of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Istanbul was also discussed.

Various Cooperation Agreements Signed in Kyrgyzstan

The last stop of the visit of the delegation of Ibn Haldun University was in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, and its leading educational institutions. Various meetings were held, and agreements were signed with Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University (KTMU) and OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) in Bishkek.

An agreement was reached with KTMU on the creation of a joint curriculum, internship opportunities, and project work. The delegation also watched the Kökbörü games held within the scope of the Traditional Sports Square Opening Program at the university.

During the meetings with the OSCE Academy Director, Dr. Alexander Wolters, Deputy Director, Dr. Indira Satarkulova, and Head of the International Office, Victoria Orazova, joint Eurasian Studies postgraduate studies with the OSCE Academy were discussed. Letters of intent on joint activities, and student and faculty exchange agreements were signed.