Erasmus+ Policy Statement

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Ankara Medipol University (AMU) is a non-profit foundation university established on May 9, 2018, by the Foundation of Turkey Education, Health, Science, and Research. AMU is located in Ulus, an authentic and historical centre in the heart of Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It gives priority to train highly qualified individuals with high-quality educational services and resources that the world and Turkey need in the 21st century.

As an institution dedicated to training professional scientists who will deliver create original knowledge and information, AMU believes that progress made in the scientific and technological fields will be the driving force behind Turkey’s long-term growth and socio-economic development. In this respect, AMU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate education under twelve faculties in English: School of Medicine (Turkish), School of Medicine (English), School of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy (English), School of Dentistry, School of Dentistry (English), School of Law, School of Communication, School of Health Sciences, School of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Political Sciences, School of Economics and Social Sciences. In addition, AMU offers various programmes in three vocational schools.

What is more, recognising the importance of internationalisation in higher education in ensuring quality in research and teaching, AMU has made internationalisation a significant component of its strategic plan. It strives to form fruitful collaborations with universities and organisations around the world. These partnerships include but are not limited to student and staff exchanges and research alliances.

Student and staff mobility programmes, joint degrees, international cross-sectoral integration and research, internationalisation of curricula, social responsibility projects, international student and staff recruitment, are all part of AMU’s internationalisation strategy.

AMU believes that international mobility programmes provide students and staff with opportunities for personal and professional development. Participants broaden their horizons through these exchange programmes, meet new teaching and learning methods, and gain soft skills such as intercultural communication and collaboration. Furthermore, they facilitate the sharing of best practices between sending and receiving institutions. While incoming students and staff contribute to creating a multilingual and multicultural campus, outgoing participants bring new know-how universities to the need for structural reform.

AMU is selective in its partner selection because its emphasis is on “efficiency in mobility.” It establishes inter-institutional agreements by relying on the close international links of its academic cluster. Institutions from both the EU and the non-EU are being considered. Universities and organisations from Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and North America, all of which have strong links to Turkey, are specifically targeted. On the other hand, departments are encouraged to form partnerships with universities and organisations worldwide based on their academic interests.

The key criterion for selecting partners is academic alignment between two institutions. Compatibility of curricula, similarity in study areas, the language of instruction, rankings, and student facilities are all considered when it comes to student mobility for studies and staff mobility for teaching. Another universal concept is the mutual recognition of mobility conditions. Organisations that include a work atmosphere and training curriculum that allow students to achieve required learning outcomes are selected for student mobility for the traineeship. By the end of 2023, AMU hopes to have established five agreements per department.

Would you please describe your institution’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme? If not applicable, please explain:

One of the foundations of AMU’s internationalisation policy is international (EU and non-EU) cooperation. AMU believes that cross-border collaborations play a significant role in achieving excellence in research, teaching, and community service by creating synergy and building capacity. In this respect, the university aims to participate in not only the Higher Education sector of the Erasmus+ Programme and carry out Key Action (KA) 1: Mobility of Individuals projects with programme countries, but also is interested in KA2 and KA3 projects in all sectors and establishing fruitful cooperation with partner countries.

Concerning research, AMU aspires to join consortia formed by universities and other research institutions, all of which contribute their expertise to the joint research project. It also involves strategic collaborations and knowledge alliances established by higher education institutions with public, private, and non-governmental actors to achieve creative intellectual outputs through novel methods.

AMU recognises the importance of higher education institutions in spreading research findings to the public, putting those findings into effect, and applying their expertise and experience to work in their communities. Within the scope of the AMU social responsibility projects, free information activities are carried out with non-governmental organisations in Europe in health, social and economics. One of these organisations is Bund Türkischer Vereine in München, as seen on our web page (Link).

AMU is a university that understands a nondiscriminatory education model, in which all members of society are treated with dignity and respect for human rights. Besides, it encourages its students to participate in international social responsibility and public engagement programmes to produce socially responsible and global citizens. Although AMU is a new university, it has five socially responsible student clubs.

AMU aims to support a sustainable and climate-friendly environment increasing energy consumption on the campus. Our primary goals regarding our green campus strategy are to prevent unconscious consumption and waste and preserve natural resources with the aid of the land use and rainwater management plan. Since AMU recognises the value of preserving nature and historical structures for future generations, it has maintained the historical textures and taken steps to protect the greenery. Recycling bins were put on every floor of every building due to the importance of recycling. AMU students also recognise the importance of environmental conservation. AMU students formed a club called “natural life integrity.”

Disability is not an obstacle to becoming a member of AMU, and this philosophy will be followed in its daily activities. It recognises the value of barrier-free living, such as its elevators and ramps in its campus buildings. It also creates plans for facilities that do not exist yet. Our university and the student clubs that students have founded in this direction have remarkably future-oriented campus life development plans, allowing students from all classes to move freely. Student clubs opened in this direction: Life Without Barriers and Solidarity Community, Gender Equality Club, Projects for Disadvantageous Groups.

AMU intends to increase its participation in European and foreign research projects and use the knowledge gained to strengthen its ability and improve its curricula design. A minimum of seven international research projects should be completed by 2023, with 10% of AMU students participating in global youth and exchange programmes.

The mission of AMU is to foster academic excellence. It is a relatively new university. It benefits from following and applying the most modern and efficient science, teaching, and governance methods due to its sizeable academic cluster and experienced administration. On the other hand, the university is well aware of the difficulties in building a promising higher education institution. AMU recognises the value of internationalisation in supplying it with an international network of partners with diverse experience and best practices and a benchmarking opportunity. AMU has already signed a protocol of collaboration with the NPZ clinic in München (https://ankaramedipol.edu.tr/neuro-psychiatrisches-zentrum-munchen-npz-arasinda-is-birligi-protokolu/) to share knowledge in the fields of psychology and medicine, and our students will be able to take advantage of it.

AMU, a university that recognises the importance of technology in today’s world, has implemented a system that allows students to attend classes from anywhere in the world. In unusual circumstances, students attend classes remotely via the internet. Furthermore, students can select their courses remotely through the use of a programme known as MEBIS.

Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Erasmus+ Programme on the modernisation of your institution:

AMU believes that participating in the Erasmus+ Programme would have the following effects: first, its academic cluster will expand its research networks and join in expressive, high-quality research projects, allowing the university to contribute to the European Research Area through its rigorous academic work.

Second, student mobility programmes and civic engagement initiatives can help it produce highly qualified, globally-minded graduates. Its students can gain international experience and grow into knowledgeable leaders who care about the common good during their studies. Student mobility programmes will also improve the employability of its graduates because students will gain both hands-on knowledge and soft skills such as intercultural adaptability through these eye-opening experiences, which are critical in today’s competitive labour market.

Thirdly, AMU depends on its staff members to maintain its role as one of Turkey’s and the region’s top universities. As a result, it considers staff mobility an integral part of its Human Resources management and a vital tool for enhancing its staff’s professional awareness and skills. Staff at AMU will benefit from the Erasmus+ Programme in terms of professional and personal growth. Fourth, the Programmes will allow AMU to accept students and staff from all over Europe and the rest of the world to achieve its goal of being a truly international campus where English is the primary medium of instruction and communication.