University of Arkansas Pens Agreement With Turkish University

Chancellor Steinmetz and Erzurum Technical University president Muammer Yaylali sign a cooperative agreement between the two institutions
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Chancellor Steinmetz and Erzurum Technical University president Muammer Yaylali sign a cooperative agreement between the two institutions

The University of Arkansas and Erzurum Technical University in Erzurum, Turkey, have established a formal agreement of cooperation that is intended to further the academic objectives of each institution.

A delegation from the Turkish university visited the Fayetteville campus in July, at which time the agreement was signed. Under the agreement, the universities will work to create programs for exchanging academic, research or other educational materials.

"During the visit, we were not only warmly welcomed by all the University of Arkansas staff, but also given an opportunity to meet the faculty and visit the well-equipped laboratories," said Irfan Kaymaz, dean of Erzurum's College of Engineering and Architecture. "By signing the memorandum of understanding, we hope to build a strong bridge between Erzurum Technical University and the University of Arkansas. This bridge will serve for both students and academics to exchange their knowledge and culture, in order to form a strong bond between these two universities."

The Turkish delegation's visit and the signing of the cooperative agreement was made possible by the cell and molecular biology program, with the support of the Graduate School and International Education's Office of Sponsored Student Programs and the College of Engineering. In addition to the exchange of academic and research materials, the agreement is aimed at growing the population of sponsored students at the U of A.

Erzurum Technical University was founded in 2010 and has grown to an enrollment of more than 3,300 students.


Amanda Cantu, director of communications
Graduate School and International Education


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