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British Council Turkey Operational Update September 2010

  1. 1. British Council Turkey Operational Update September 2010
  2. 2. Governance and Society <ul><li>International Inspirations </li></ul><ul><li>We are in the process of signing the MoU for the project with the main </li></ul><ul><li>partner MoNE and getting approvals from the other stakeholders. The </li></ul><ul><li>planning of the project and its activities are still also in process. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities are due to start in November. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>We helped to set up a Social Entrepreneurship Academy under the auspices of </li></ul><ul><li>Kadir Has University’s Life Long Learning Centre in August and we will be </li></ul><ul><li>signing another protocol with the Governorship of Bolu to train 20 NGOs to </li></ul><ul><li>support their social enterprises. Successful projects from the province will </li></ul><ul><li>receive funding from the Governorship to help set up or further the work of </li></ul><ul><li>enterprises. </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming Social Entrepreneurship Activities include: </li></ul><ul><li>A Seminar for Government Officials (22 September 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Information Seminars for NGOs and Private Sector (21 September and 07 October 2010) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Governance and Society continued.. <ul><li>Independent Commission on Turkey (ICT) </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the ICT will be visiting Turkey in the week ending 17 th September for high </li></ul><ul><li>level consultations and interviews. It is hoped that their next report on the issues </li></ul><ul><li>around Turkey’s EU Accession bid will be produced in 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Seda Mumcu </li></ul><ul><li>The Bosphorus Conference </li></ul><ul><li>The Conference will once again host opinion leaders and decision makers from EU and Turkey, </li></ul><ul><li>before the annual progress report on Turkey. </li></ul><ul><li>The well-known conference will host prominent names such as the EU Minister for Turkey Egemen </li></ul><ul><li>Bağış and Stephan Füle Commissioner responsible from Enlargement. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information about the conference you can visit </li></ul><ul><li>h ttp:// </li></ul><ul><li>Ceyhun Göcenoğlu </li></ul>
  4. 4. Exams <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Burçak Aksoy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Education UK <ul><li>Student Decision Making Survey September 2010 – January 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Now in its 4th year, we have launched the Education UK Student D ecision Making </li></ul><ul><li>Survey. The survey captures why students want to study overseas, what they are looking </li></ul><ul><li>for in an institution, the location and course they are interested in, where they look for </li></ul><ul><li>information and much more. This gives us a vital insight into the needs of prospective </li></ul><ul><li>students; so that we can tailor more beneficial services for UK Institutions to support them </li></ul><ul><li>while interacting with the prospective students from Turkey. http:// www.britishcouncil </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Education UK Website – Turkey variation launch November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>We will be launching the Education UK Website Turkey variation in late November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>which provides comprehensive information about what UK is to offer in terms of wide </li></ul><ul><li>range of UK qualifications, how it is like to live and study in the UK as an international </li></ul><ul><li>students, a detailed search engine for UK programmes, institutions and scholarships for </li></ul><ul><li>prospective students. http:// /turkey </li></ul>
  6. 6. Education UK continued.. <ul><li>School Visits – October 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>We are organising the School Visits which aims to support UK Education providers </li></ul><ul><li>(mainly HE Sector) to meet with the college counsellors from major high schools in </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey. UK Representatives have the chance to talk to college counsellors about </li></ul><ul><li>the hosting schools’ student profiles and directly meet with them and promote UK </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate programmes and qualifications available at their institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>The school visits will take place in 3 major cities (Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir) with </li></ul><ul><li>strong market potential, particularly in terms of student recruitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Education UK Partnership Briefing – November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>We are organising the Education UK Turkey Partnership briefing to present Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>member UK Institutions about the current economic, political and educational conditions in </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey. The brief covers the educational trends in Turkey, most popular subjects, </li></ul><ul><li>statistical information about student numbers, our past activities and future plans to </li></ul><ul><li>support their recruitment strategies in Turkey. It is also one of the communication tools for </li></ul><ul><li>UK Institutions to find out more about Turkish Institutions and the potential for furthering </li></ul><ul><li>their relations with those institutions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Education UK continued.. <ul><li>Education UK Agents Online Training – January 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>In its 6th year, this training programme enables education agents and counselling </li></ul><ul><li>professionals to understand UK education effectively and provide high-quality information, </li></ul><ul><li>resources and services to potential international students. The course helps them to </li></ul><ul><li>supplement the candidates’ existing skills to source information and how to regularly </li></ul><ul><li>update their knowledge. The qualification is valid for a period of three years. The training </li></ul><ul><li>will be available for professionals not only from Turkey but also, for the third time, in </li></ul><ul><li>Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine. </li></ul><ul><li>Internationalising Higher Education (IHE) </li></ul><ul><li>Bi-lateral Quality Assurance (QA) conference - October 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioned by the Higher Education Council, this conference will provide the </li></ul><ul><li>necessary information for Turkey to establish its separate QAA institution, a key element in the strategy </li></ul><ul><li>to devolve more freedom and responsibility to universities. </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-lateral QA conference – November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The conference will explore how very different QA systems across the world ‘produce’ the very best </li></ul><ul><li>universities. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Education UK continued.. <ul><li>Trans-national Education (TNE) Conference in Athens – January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>This practical conference will expose the benefits and drawbacks of TNE working to </li></ul><ul><li>enable policy makers and practitioners to establish the best ways of working with TNE. </li></ul><ul><li>President of YOK, Research Universities Collaboration visit – November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Building on the highly successful visit to UK universities in 2009, the President of YÖK has </li></ul><ul><li>asked the British Council to manage a specific research-led institutional visit to the UK – </li></ul><ul><li>aimed at establishing research connections with the best universities form both Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>and the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>World Universities Congress – October 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>This major congress meeting features challenging topics exploring the role of the </li></ul><ul><li>University ion the new millennium, feeding directly into the British Council’s Going Global </li></ul><ul><li>International Education Conference topics in Hong Kong, and establishing a basis for </li></ul><ul><li>Turkey to refine its strategy for higher education. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Education UK continued.. <ul><li>Going Global (special debates on QA and TNE) – March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>At the initiative of Turkey and Greece two special sessions at Going Global will debate ‘do </li></ul><ul><li>we need QA systems in order to get the best universities?’, and ‘Is TNE a bad thing for </li></ul><ul><li>countries even if it is a good thing for individual universities’. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Bogazici University Research Data Unit </li></ul><ul><li>A new data analysis unit is being established at Bogazici University, and the British </li></ul><ul><li>Council has been asked to contribute advice and partnership development to help it </li></ul><ul><li>establish itself as the primary reliable data source for Higher Education in Turkey / the </li></ul><ul><li>region. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Education <ul><li>Skills for Employability, policy dialogue – Engaging the catering industry to VET </li></ul><ul><li>e ducation : </li></ul><ul><li>This is the third year of our work with the catering industry, which began as part of </li></ul><ul><li>s kills@work. This year 11 VET high schools and 11 catering companies from 4 cities will </li></ul><ul><li>be matched. Twinned institutions will deliver their “teacher development” projects which </li></ul><ul><li>will be planned according to their school – company needs and teachers will also receive </li></ul><ul><li>trainings from UK institutions. A “Matching Workshop” will be organised on the 3rd week </li></ul><ul><li>of September. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills for Employability, policy dialogue – Engaging the graphics industry with VET </li></ul><ul><li>education: </li></ul><ul><li>As the “catering model” worked well in order to merge the education and industry, a </li></ul><ul><li>similar methodology will be delivered in graphics industry where the industry and </li></ul><ul><li>education don’t have a proper and constant dialogue yet. During September a “future </li></ul><ul><li>search conference” will be organised with participation from graphics industry and </li></ul><ul><li>education which will let the parties to understand each other’s needs and set their future </li></ul><ul><li>strategy. This meeting will lead the next three years’ activities. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Education <ul><li>Rivers of the World </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition and Thames Festival in London - September 10th to 12th. </li></ul><ul><li>Through a project managed in Turkey by the British Council in Istanbul; The Thames </li></ul><ul><li>Festival, this year, features excellent art work from 6 of the least advantaged schools in </li></ul><ul><li>Istanbul – providing large scale public works of art along the Thames embankment and </li></ul><ul><li>ain a major gallery in London. </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions in Istanbul – October - January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The exhibition comes back to Istanbul in the autumn, with plans to exhibit the work on the </li></ul><ul><li>Bosphorus ferries, in a major exhibition centre, supported by community events through </li></ul><ul><li>the art work returning to be housed permanently at each school. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Business Development </li></ul><ul><li>Koç Foundation Vocational Seminar – Spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The British Council has been asked to work in partnership with the Koç Foundation to mount a vital </li></ul><ul><li>high profile seminar, bringing the captains of industry together with the major ministry agencies to </li></ul><ul><li>determine the best mechanisms for ensuring that employers have a suitable voice in the development </li></ul><ul><li>of skills at schools and colleges. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Arts <ul><li>Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE) </li></ul><ul><li>We are going to organise two YCE Awards in the fields of Screen and Interactive in September </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Funda Küçükyılmaz </li></ul>
  13. 13. Arts continued.. <ul><li>Young Creative Entrepreneurs (YCE) </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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:// 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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Arts continued.. <ul><li>The Selector </li></ul><ul><li>• We are planning to broadcast the Selector in Turkey again - </li></ul><ul><li>• 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 </li></ul><ul><li>• In September, we will have The Selector’s website in Turkish and start the broadcast in at least 3 university radios </li></ul>
  15. 15. My City <ul><li>As part of the EU Civil Society Dialogue: Cultural Bridges Programme, My City has been </li></ul><ul><li>designed and delivered by the British Council in partnership with Platform Garanti </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary Art Center and Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture), a leading independent </li></ul><ul><li>cultural policy organization. The project is funded by the European Commission and the </li></ul><ul><li>British Council and led by a dedicated team at the British Council in Istanbul. Artists from Europe have </li></ul><ul><li>been nominated for My City by a panel of acclaimed international curators who made the selection </li></ul><ul><li>together with British Council and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. </li></ul><ul><li>SAVE THE DATE </li></ul><ul><li>Five artists have been invited to develop unique projects, each for a different city in Turkey. The public </li></ul><ul><li>unveiling of these five site-specific works in five different cities across Turkey will be held in between </li></ul><ul><li>October 20th and 24th, 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Andreas Fogarasi , &quot;Panorama (the Right of View)&quot; in Istanbul </li></ul><ul><li>Minna Henriksson , &quot;The one who loves tells the truth&quot; in Trabzon </li></ul><ul><li>Joanna Rajkowska, &quot;Walter Benjamin in Konya&quot; in Konya </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Wallinger, &quot;Sinema Amnesia&quot; in Canakkale </li></ul><ul><li>Clemens von Wedemeyer, &quot;Sun Cinema&quot; in Mardin </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. My City continued.. <ul><li>RESIDENCIES IN EUROPE </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to these city-specific commissions, a residency programme in collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>with some of Europe's leading cultural institutions is hosting five of Turkey's leading and </li></ul><ul><li>emerging contemporary artists. The artists were selected by an international jury as the </li></ul><ul><li>result of an open call for applications. The artists and the host institutions of the </li></ul><ul><li>residencies are: </li></ul><ul><li>Caner Aslan , DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm </li></ul><ul><li>Isil Egrikavuk , Dortmund Hartware MedienKunstVerein & Künstlerhaus </li></ul><ul><li>Leyla Gediz , HIAP - Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Programme / FRAME </li></ul><ul><li>Günes Terkol , London Gasworks: Exhibitions, International Residencies & Studios </li></ul><ul><li>Can Altay , Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski Warszawa </li></ul><ul><li>Gülsün Karamustafa , Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien </li></ul><ul><li>Programme and Further Reading </li></ul><ul><li>To follow the details of the programme, the schedule for openings in each city and the </li></ul><ul><li>calendar of events, you can visit the My City e–diary at . </li></ul><ul><li>The e-diary is also a source where you can read specially commissioned articles on </li></ul><ul><li>public art by authors from Turkey and Europe, together with comments and articles by </li></ul><ul><li>local correspondents in the cities that are part of the project. </li></ul>