Date: June 1, 2016
Source: Office of International Exchange and Cooperation
Professor Ke Sikun, president of Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu, Turkey, visited JNU on May 30 to negotiate sending talented Chinese teachers there and developing teacher-student exchanges. He met with President Hu Jun, Vice President Song Xianzhong and principals from the College of Chinese Language and the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation.
(President Hu Jun and Ke Sikun exchanging gifts)
Professor Ke introduced Abant Izzet Baysal University and explained its history of setting up Chinese majors and future development. With the further implementation of China’s “One Belt and One Road” policy, he said, economic and trade relations between China and Turkey are growing rapidly. At present, he said, talented Chinese teachers are in dire need in Turkey. However, the few universities cultivating them cannot meet the huge demand. In addition, setting up Chinese majors in Turkey urgently requires high-level professionals with doctorates. Therefore, he said, he hoped to take this opportunity to cooperate with JNU by recruiting Chinese teachers to facilitate more teacher-student exchanges between the two universities in the future.
President Hu showed willingness to cooperate with Abant Izzet Baysal University. He urged relevant departments to consult further with the representatives from Turke on details of sending teachers there. Reviewing a meeting with Ke Sikun at the Chinese Embassy in Turkey earlier in May, Song said dispatching teachers from the College of Chinese Language and Culture would be important to the development of both universities under the background of “One Belt and One Road.” He said JNU would actively coordinate building cooperative vision of both sides.
Abant Izzet Baysal University is a public university founded in 1992 by the famous Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist Izzet Baysal. It currently has 10 colleges and 25,000 students, offering degrees from bachelor's to Ph.D. With dozens of course groups in English teaching, the university is a member of the Erasmus Mundus Programme for overseas exchanges.