University of Kent’s international links strengthened with Turkey

The University of Kent is strengthening its links with Turkey following a highly successful delegation visit to Ankara and Istanbul.

As part of that visit a reception with over 70 guests was held for Kent’s alumni, representatives, prospective students and partner institutions in Istanbul. The reception on Friday 22nd June was hosted by Mr Sayed Shah, Deputy Consul-General, in the gardens of the Pera House, and was the first of its kind and featured a large delegation of senior Kent academics, led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Hughes.

Those attending also included representatives of the British Council and Bogazici University, one of Kent’s partner institutions.

Professor Alex Hughes said: ‘As part of our Internationalisation Strategy, the University of Kent has a strong commitment to enabling all students to spend a period of time overseas. We have enjoyed fruitful links with universities in Turkey for a number of years within the Erasmus scheme and we hope now to build further on our university partnerships here.’

Among the senior staff attending the reception were: Dr Joachim Stoeber, Head of the School of Psychology; Dr Jonathan Friday, Head of the School of Arts; Professor David Welch, Head of the School of History; Professor Donna Landry, Director of Research, School of English; Dr Luke Lavan, Lecturer, School of European Culture and Languages and Joanne Ganderton-Smith, Director of International Development.

The University has welcomed Turkish students for many years and Turkey plays an important part in the University’s internationalisation activities.

The photographs below are of guests enjoying the reception at Pera House in Istanbul and Mr Sayed Shah, Deputy Consul-General giving the welcome speech. Visit our Turkey page to see more photographs of the event and to read about student experiences at Kent.