British Council Turkey Operational Update September 2010Presentation Transcript
British Council Turkey Operational Update September 2010
Governance and Society
We are in the process of signing the MoU for the project with the main
partner MoNE and getting approvals from the other stakeholders. The
planning of the project and its activities are still also in process.
Activities are due to start in November.
We helped to set up a Social Entrepreneurship Academy under the auspices of
Kadir Has University’s Life Long Learning Centre in August and we will be
signing another protocol with the Governorship of Bolu to train 20 NGOs to
support their social enterprises. Successful projects from the province will
receive funding from the Governorship to help set up or further the work of
Forthcoming Social Entrepreneurship Activities include:
A Seminar for Government Officials (22 September 2010)
Information Seminars for NGOs and Private Sector (21 September and 07 October 2010)
Governance and Society continued..
Independent Commission on Turkey (ICT)
Members of the ICT will be visiting Turkey in the week ending 17 th September for high
level consultations and interviews. It is hoped that their next report on the issues
around Turkey’s EU Accession bid will be produced in 2011.
The Bosphorus Conference
The Conference will once again host opinion leaders and decision makers from EU and Turkey,
before the annual progress report on Turkey.
The well-known conference will host prominent names such as the EU Minister for Turkey Egemen
Bağış and Stephan Füle Commissioner responsible from Enlargement.
For more information about the conference you can visit
Turkey IELTS has not only achieved the highest growth rate in Europe but also delivered the highest volume in Q1 with 2699 candidate and is placed at the top of the region.
As a first case in Turkey, Istanbul Sehir University had decided to adapt IELTS as their prep year exemption exam. The first exam will take place on 16 September at Sehir University premises for around 50 candidates. This bold example may be followed by some other private universities and may in fact lead to a new area of competition in English teaching among private universities.
Up to end of period 5, compared to last year, Educational and Professional Exams have increased by 10%, an increase mostly represented by re-sit exams.
Student Decision Making Survey September 2010 – January 2011
Now in its 4th year, we have launched the Education UK Student D ecision Making
Survey. The survey captures why students want to study overseas, what they are looking
for in an institution, the location and course they are interested in, where they look for
information and much more. This gives us a vital insight into the needs of prospective
students; so that we can tailor more beneficial services for UK Institutions to support them
while interacting with the prospective students from Turkey. http:// www.britishcouncil
Education UK Website – Turkey variation launch November 2010
We will be launching the Education UK Website Turkey variation in late November 2010
which provides comprehensive information about what UK is to offer in terms of wide
range of UK qualifications, how it is like to live and study in the UK as an international
students, a detailed search engine for UK programmes, institutions and scholarships for
A new data analysis unit is being established at Bogazici University, and the British
Council has been asked to contribute advice and partnership development to help it
establish itself as the primary reliable data source for Higher Education in Turkey / the
Skills for Employability, policy dialogue – Engaging the catering industry to VET
e ducation :
This is the third year of our work with the catering industry, which began as part of
s kills@work. This year 11 VET high schools and 11 catering companies from 4 cities will
be matched. Twinned institutions will deliver their “teacher development” projects which
will be planned according to their school – company needs and teachers will also receive
trainings from UK institutions. A “Matching Workshop” will be organised on the 3rd week
Skills for Employability, policy dialogue – Engaging the graphics industry with VET
As the “catering model” worked well in order to merge the education and industry, a
similar methodology will be delivered in graphics industry where the industry and
education don’t have a proper and constant dialogue yet. During September a “future
search conference” will be organised with participation from graphics industry and
education which will let the parties to understand each other’s needs and set their future
strategy. This meeting will lead the next three years’ activities.
Rivers of the World
Exhibition and Thames Festival in London - September 10th to 12th.
Through a project managed in Turkey by the British Council in Istanbul; The Thames
Festival, this year, features excellent art work from 6 of the least advantaged schools in
Istanbul – providing large scale public works of art along the Thames embankment and
ain a major gallery in London.
Exhibitions in Istanbul – October - January 2010
The exhibition comes back to Istanbul in the autumn, with plans to exhibit the work on the
Bosphorus ferries, in a major exhibition centre, supported by community events through
the art work returning to be housed permanently at each school.
Koç Foundation Vocational Seminar – Spring 2010
The British Council has been asked to work in partnership with the Koç Foundation to mount a vital
high profile seminar, bringing the captains of industry together with the major ministry agencies to
determine the best mechanisms for ensuring that employers have a suitable voice in the development
of skills at schools and colleges.
Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE)
We are going to organise two YCE Awards in the fields of Screen and Interactive in September
This is the first time that the British Council is running the Young Screen Entrepreneur (IYSE) award in Turkey to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the field of film, television and animation. And it is second time that we are running the Young Interactive Entrepreneur (IYIE) award to emphasize the important role that creative entrepreneurs working in the field of the interactive media is playing
The International Young Creative Entrepreneur (IYCE) award programme celebrates the achievements and develops the potential of young creative entrepreneurs in emerging markets across world. These awards aim to showcase international business innovation in the fields of interactive media and screen by using the UK as the nexus for cultural, creative and commercial exchange
Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE)
The deadline for applications is 16 September 2010. The jury meeting and evaluation for Screen will be held on the 22nd and for Interactive on the 23rd. The winners will be announced on the 23rd of September during the award ceremony. The winners of Turkey will be one of the international finalists to attend the sector tour in the UK and to participate the international competition on the 20th October
As a combined activity with the award ceremony, we are going to organise the second YCE Alumni Club meeting on the 23rd of September. As a speaker, Daljit Singh, the Founder and Creative Director of Digit - http:// www.digitlondon.com will be joining us. The speech will be in the format of an interview. The interviewer will be a leading entrepreneur from one of the creative sectors in Turkey (name to be confirmed). After the talk, the winners will be announced
As a result of these club meetings, we are aiming to develop a network of entrepreneurs to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas, to stimulate opportunities for collaboration and the dissemination of information
• We are planning to broadcast the Selector in Turkey again - http://www.selector-radio.com/
• This time our aim is to work with the university radios around Turkey. We are at the stage of negotiating with the university radios in Eskisehir, Izmir, Konya, Trabzon and Istanbul
• In September, we will have The Selector’s website in Turkish and start the broadcast in at least 3 university radios
As part of the EU Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, My City has been
designed and delivered by the British Council in partnership with Platform Garanti
Contemporary Art Center and Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture), a leading independent
cultural policy organization. The project is funded by the European Commission and the
British Council and led by a dedicated team at the British Council in Istanbul. Artists from Europe have
been nominated for My City by a panel of acclaimed international curators who made the selection
together with British Council and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center.
SAVE THE DATE
Five artists have been invited to develop unique projects, each for a different city in Turkey. The public
unveiling of these five site-specific works in five different cities across Turkey will be held in between
October 20th and 24th, 2010.
Andreas Fogarasi , "Panorama (the Right of View)" in Istanbul
Minna Henriksson , "The one who loves tells the truth" in Trabzon
Joanna Rajkowska, "Walter Benjamin in Konya" in Konya
Mark Wallinger, "Sinema Amnesia" in Canakkale
Clemens von Wedemeyer, "Sun Cinema" in Mardin
My City continued..
RESIDENCIES IN EUROPE
In addition to these city-specific commissions, a residency programme in collaboration
with some of Europe's leading cultural institutions is hosting five of Turkey's leading and
emerging contemporary artists. The artists were selected by an international jury as the
result of an open call for applications. The artists and the host institutions of the