Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University (FSMVU) is a non-profit higher education institute established in 2010 by the Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Foundations whose goal is to be at the forefront of Turkish higher education and research. The university is open for comprehensive cooperation with foreign partners and participation in international projects.

Internationalization and increasing effectiveness of education and research are the key priorities of the university. Collaboration within Erasmus Projects meet University strategy goals and promotes enhancing and development of an effective academic partnership network with world leading universities, the development of academic mobility of professors, students and administrative staff in order to increase the competitiveness of the national scientific schools and further professional training and finally strengthening of relationships between the international offices of partner universities.

Today FSMV has 9002 students, including 1121 international ones, 503 full and part time academic and 233 administrative staff in addition to 6 libraries, numerous laboratories and 28 research centres to support the learning and education process.

A Well-planned and managed partnership can significantly extend the university’s academic, research and reputational reach. When selecting partner institutions, the university pays attention to quality and equality to its own academic structure. Diversity in education can be done by setting up academic collaborations and student/staff exchange with qualified universities in any geographical region. We have established 170 Erasmus, Global Exchange and academic collaboration agreements with institutions from 45 different countries including Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the America. Being highly dedicated to the Bologna Process, the University values the opportunity to work in collaboration with European institutions, building thematic networks, enhancing curriculums and collaborating in mobility programs. The long term goal is to slowly integrate and unify the various curriculum and teaching methodologies between existing countries in order to teach new digital skills, enhance common values and to support the mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees between the different nations and education systems.

Based on previous records, academic exchange/mobility programs offer students international experience and allow them to become part of an international network, influencing their further education, self-esteem and job prospects. Additionally each returning student disseminates their new found knowledge and experience through to the other students on campus, thereby fostering new ideas and new goals in the existing student population. Academic and Administrative Staff also receive international experiences, offering new ways of education and/or management usually combined with the experience/collaboration from their host universities and increasing their abilities and job satisfaction.

FSMVU’s objective is to increase its international mobility in all cycles. According to its internationalization strategy, FSMVU plans to have at least 30% of the students experience international exchange in the next 5 years. For this reason 30% of classes including university elective and compulsory courses are taught in English. It is also important for FSMVU to engage in international activities which help to advance students’ knowledge, skills, and career choices.

Cooperation programs allow FSMVU to gage its academic and research strength with other universities and organisations and to establish various different networks and programs to build upon its strengths, eliminate its weaknesses, make use of good practices, and help standardise its curriculum and teaching methodologies with the international academic community.

FSMVU participates actively in the development of joint degrees and seeks to develop internationally to establish mutually beneficial collaborative research projects between departments and individual faculty members on areas of mutual interest. With international cooperation agreements FSMVU plans to offer international undergraduate double degree programs and Master’s and PhD’s joint degree programs.

Similarly support programs such as Key Action 3 will allow FSMVU to disseminate the knowledge it has learned from KA1 and KA2 programs to other universities, sectors and countries by helping to both improve existing policies to raise standards and to introduce new policies to support and shape new developments. This has taken a particularly important role following the COVID-19 worldwide epidemic.