Policy Statement

The philosophy of education at ABU is student-centric and interdisciplinary in focus.Hence,ABU encourages its students to pursue double-major and minor degree programs during their undergraduate years.The underlying motivation of ABU’s institutional strategy and mission is its determination to become one of the leading HEIs across the globe.ABU provides the most globalized education environment to its students in Antalya, one of the most internationalized cities in Turkey attracting around 15 million foreign tourists every year, (3rd highest in the world).European students visiting ABU as part of the Erasmus mobility program will experience the colors of a truly globalized social environment.ABU puts internationalization and multiculturalization at the center of its institutional strategy, and receives at least 30 % of its students and 20 % of its teaching staff from outside of Turkey-the highest number among all Turkish universities.ABU has students from around the world, most notably central Asia,East Asia,Eastern Europe, Southeastern Asia,the Middle East,and Africa. The medium of instruction at ABU is English. ABU pays great attention to improving the English language profiency of its students. To this end, ABU cooperates with the University of Wisconsin in the United States, and more than half of the English language instructors are native speakers.In line with its institutional strategy, ABU seeks to develop institutional cooperation with as many high-quality universities as possible across the globe. As a manifestation of its efforts to become a global powerhouse of knowledge, ABU has thus far established international projects and academic partnerships with some non-European universities.Becoming a part of the Bologna process and engaging in academic cooperation and colloboration activities with European academic institutions is of prime value in this regard. ABU has already adopted the ECTS internal credit accumulation system to facilitate mobility within the Erasmus program. ABU’s International Office (IPO) is in charge of organizing and implementing various cooperative projects to be initiated with European HEIs, and administering the process of mobility under the Erasmus programs. IPO is assisted by the Erasmus Coordinators(ECs) from each department. Both outgoings and incomings are regularly informed about the mobility process. Academic advising and tutorial help are provided for incomings. Office support is given for incoming academic and non-academic staff. All required information on the Erasmus program is announced and updated on the IPO web-page on a regular basis, with a particular focus on the mobility of people, research projects, joint degrees and institutional partners.One of the criteria that ABU values in terms of selecting its partners is that they share ABU’s determination to contribute to the internationalization and multiculturalization of academic environments, as well as the universalization of knowledge. Each department is encouraged to seek its own partners based on its particular needs and priorities.Partners are evaluated in terms of success in research and teaching. Partners providing students with the opportunity of learning as many foreign languages as possible and pursuing double major and minor degree programs are given priority. In terms of geographical preferences, ABU wants to establish cooperative schemes with leading European and non-European HEIs. Partners from the United States and BRICS countries are treated as no less important than ABU’s European partners. Seeking partnerships with a wide variety of countries scattered across the globe is very much in line with the multicultural spirit of ABU. As a newly established university that prioritizes internationalization and modernization from the very beginning, ABU is well aware of the importance of mobility of students, academics and adminstrative staff within the area of the European continent. Pending to its admission to the Erasmus program, ABU will immediately contact key higher education institutions from all around the continent, with a view to creating joint cooperation in people-mobility activities, scientific research projects and dual-degree programs at graduate and post-graduate levels. As part of its institutional strategy, ABU has already adopted the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) quality management instrument of the EU. Mobility of students at the undergraduate level is the short term priority, whereas mobility of academic and non-academic staff, as well as graduate level students, are medium-to-long term considerations. Joint degrees in BA, MA and Ph.D. programs and dual diploma programs are also planned in cooperation with European counterparts. The major motivation lying behind this desire is to equip Turkish students with the same/similar academic proficiency as their European peers.