MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – An information and education center of Belarusian State University (BSU) opened in Turkey's Izmir on 16 September, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Turkey.
Taking part in the opening ceremony was a BSU delegation led by Konstantin Kozadayev, BSU Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Internationalization of Education. Among the participants of the ceremony was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Turkey Viktor Rybak.
The center will be based at Atlas Private Educational Services Company. By the way, its regional representative in Belarus, Cenk Sarkut, helped open the center. “The center will help promote BSU educational services and expand educational and cultural contacts between Belarus and Turkey,” the embassy informed.
The center has plans to hold career guidance events and consult aspiring students from Turkey on admission and study at BSU. “Together with the Turkish company, the university will provide organizational support to potential applicants in preparing paperwork for admission to BSU. Belarusian State University will provide the center with the necessary printed, video and multimedia materials,” the diplomatic mission said.
During their visit to Turkey, the BSU delegation also toured a number of universities to discuss a possibility of academic cooperation. A memorandum of understanding was signed with one of them, namely Yasar University. The document provides for the exchange of teachers and students, educational and methodological materials, joint academic publications, as well as educational and cultural events.
Belarusian State University maintains academic contacts with ten Turkish universities, including Ankara University, Pamukkale University, Bahcesehir University, Karabuk University, Istanbul Okan University, Erciyes University, Istanbul University, Anadolu University, as well as Istanbul Medeniyet University. Twenty-seven Turkish citizens study at Belarusian State University.
Since 2001, the Faculty of International Relations of BSU has been teaching the Turkish language and running a course in Turkish Studies. Over this time, the university has trained about 90 students majoring in Turkish Studies.
In 2011 the Turkish Language and Culture Center opened at this faculty. Turkish citizens are trained in the Belarusian-Turkish information and education centers of Belarusian State University in Antalya (since 2015) and Ankara (since 2018).