Our university expands its international cooperations by having agreements with the institutions that are focusing on the parallel study areas. While choosing partners, those subject areas integrated with the society is taken into consideration and no discrimination policy based on ethnicity, language and geography is applied. The variety of study fields and faculties provides our university with the opportunity to have international co-operations dispersed in a wide geographical area. The main objective of our mobility activities is to provide cultural and academic exchange of our students and university personnel and to promote permanence of our co-operations.
The founding promise of the Namık Kemal University is to provide its students with a prospect of globally sophisticated thinking with a sharp cognitive and thinking ability, interpersonal and communicative skills, as well as a professional background. With this vision, our University is ardently supporting international cooperation and academic exchange opportunities and thereby enriching its global academic portfolio of study. Under the framework of Bologna and ERASMUS processes, Namık Kemal University is committed to expand its international cooperation within the European Higher Education Area. Beginning from the year 2007, 92 ERASMUS agreements have been signed with the universities of 16 different countries and 172 students, 70 academic staff and 22 administrative staff have been benefited from the Programme. For the joint degrees, our workings and initiatives continue.
Our main strategy is to enhance the project implementation capacity of Namık Kemal University in terms of participating and/or coordinating international projects based on European and non-European grants. The project application, implementation and evaluation processes are considered as a potential method of developing collaborative research, innovation and training activities of both academic staff, researchers and students while being counted as a useful way of activating current cooperation with foreign scholars and utilizing international cooperation agreements besides Erasmus Programme.
In this respect, in every year bilateral agreements are made with the representatives from the non-EU and EU Higher Education Institutions. Furthermore, the international weeks, conferences and congress which are organised by our University play important role in the coordination and recognition efforts for widening the range of bilateral/multilateral agreements and projects. In our University, to encourage the teaching and training mobility activities under the ERASMUS programme, comprehensive efforts have been dedicated since the beginnnig of the LLP period. Briefly, international cooperations and the promotion efforts for our University are embraced as fundamental components for widening EU and non-EU cooperations and thus, lead our strategy in this area.
The collaboration with EU universities has enabled our students as well as academicians to see different cultures on site and the number of mobility has increased during the period of 2007-2013. NKU has an advantage of being at the centre of industrialisation that is mostly located in Trakya region. This gives a more important role to the university within the framework of the integration of the industrial sector and vocational schools of NKU. With the extended EUC, NKU aims to bring a solution to the unemployment of qualified graduates in the region as well as a transparency in the quality of higher education in the framework of placement. With international projects about the integration of industry and university, NKU has proved to have the potential to use its dynamic background for the wellness of the region as well as the country.
The programme is prominent especially in the matter of quality and internationalization. Our university is important not only with its academic merits but also with the numerous graduates it gives in each year. Therefore, we believe participation to the programme will provide significant contribution to increasing number of qualified and sophisticated graduates and researchers. When the huge and dynamic population of Turkey is considered, this contribution will be a kind of response not only for Namık Kemal University, but also for the needs of qualified human resources in Turkish economy. Besides, it is for sure that by widening traineeship and training activities, the bonds between regional business sectors and the University will be widened and deepened. Furthering bonds between business sector and University will promote regional development and prosperity.