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OIP's E-Newsletter: KUnnection | December 2019 Issue

Author: Office of International Programs
DECEMBER
2019 Issue
Broaden Your Horizon
Save the date for KU’s 4th International Staff Week and Study Abroad Fair 2020 

Office of International Programs is organizing an International Staff Week titled “Tech savvy generation vs. Traditional approaches to internationalization: Innovative tools for the International Office” between 4-8 May, 2020. During this week, the participants from different institutions will get general overview of Koç University, participating universities and how institutions create approaches to internationalization strategies.

We invite our partners to join us during this week.

RSVP HERE
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Peacemakers Bootcamp in Bologna
Koç University's Erasmus+ KA2 project "Peacemakers" had its last boot camp organized in Bologna, between September 23-27, with the participation of 25 "Peace Envoys" from Koç, Gaziantep, Bologna, Erasmus and Humboldt universities. Several scholars from these partner institutions delivered lectures on various contexts of international migration, including European identity, The European Asylum System, conflict resolution and intergroup contact. During the boot camp, Peace Envoys, a selected group of students trained in the Peacemakers project, shared with each other their project ideas and activities on social inclusion of migrants on their campuses and in their cities, as well as came together with refugee students who came to Italy to study within the framework of the UniCoRe project. Peace Envoys also had a chance to visit “Mosaico di Solidarieta”, an NGO that provides assistance to refugees in their process of job placement and social inclusion in Italy, and had a briefing and Q&A session with them.
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International Community News
For the Fall 2019 newcomer students, the ICO organized a welcome event where new students met and conversed over some refreshments and Turkish music. The event provided a fine opportunity to introduce us to the new students and welcome them to KU. One of the ICO’s biggest events for the beginning of this semester was the Graduate Orientation where the newcomer graduate students had a chance to see the insight culture of the campus and the structure of the University. As one of the main responsibilities of the ICO is to support foreign individuals with their residence permit obtainment process, we arranged a Help Desk where foreign individuals visit for consultation, ask for help and submit their application documents. The Help Desk made the application process go smoother compared to the previous year.
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GLLP's summer program in Ibiza on Designing Leadership and Innovation for Social Change with Children First World Approach
Global Learning and Leadership Program (GLLP) is a cocurricular program for Koç University undergraduate students to complement their academic studies with a “hands-on” approach and it aims to enable students to acquire global competence and to develop personal and professional skills to thrive in a 21st century world. A group of GLLP and KUGlobalAid students joined a Summer program on Designing for Leadership and Innovation Program in Ibiza Island, Spain under the leadership of Mrs. Rena Polat Korkmaz, the program coordinator. Students had an experiential learning journey where domains of design playing, social innovation and conscious leadership intersected each other. They focused on developing eco-innovation culture, business model and prototype projects with the ecosystem of Ibiza, including local partners, local children, experts and organizations in sustainable agriculture, technology and tourism industries.   
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Experience Diversity: Every Exchange Has A Story!
Office of International Programs is delighted to give students a variety of opportunities for an international learning process that propels one towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives. What started out as an exchange application for the participants usually turns out to be an incredible journey which allows them to connect with people from all nations and backgrounds, learn about their cultures, universities and countries. The students - either outbound or inbound- find a chance to see different educational approaches, develop language and personal skills, gain experience and maturity through challenges they faced in daily lives when on exchange semester. Read the stories of our students to get a taste of their adventure!
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Latest on Global Partnerships
In accordance with KU's international strategy, OIP team has been working on increasing and strengthening KU's international presence in the global arena and networks since the establishment of OIP. For this reason, and to continue the trend initiated several years ago, OIP attended the 31st Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland organized by the European Association for International Education between 24–27 September 2019. Our Team had 60 efficient and productive meetings in two-and-a half day conference to diversify its international collaboration portfolio. As a part of the latest developments on global partnerships, KU has also recently signed collaboration agreements with highly-ranked universities in Asia and Europe. Our President Prof. Umran Inan’s visit to Asian Institute of Technology’s (AIT) 60th Anniversary Celebrations as a speaker at the President’s Forum was another highlight of the last months. Last but not least, If you would like to meet KU’s Global Recruitment Team at international fairs and visits, you may find their schedule once click on Read More.  
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