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NOVA Initiative in Turkey

July 28, 2009

The NOVA delegation visiting the Ahmet Ulusoy High School in Ankara, Turkey. Pictured from left to right are the high school’s vice principal and biology teacher; International Programs Coordinator Necmi Mutlu; Ismail Top, NOVA graduate in Turkey; President Robert G. Templin, Jr.; one of the sponsor’s representatives; Associate Vice President of Student Services Beth Harper; Coordinator Steve Bennett, International Student Services; Dean John Min (AL), Business Technologies; Provost Sam Hill (WO); International Student Advisor Kristi Balbuena (AL); Associate Vice President Paul McVeigh, Global Studies and Programs and Coordinator Tonia Rodgers (AN), the American Culture and Language Institute (ACLI).

In June, a delegation of nine NOVA representatives traveled to three cities in Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir) to visit institutions and agencies associated with its recruitment initiative, to meet NOVA graduates, to advance discussion about program collaborations and to assess how support to international student services can be improved.

The NOVA group visited with representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Council of Higher Education, Bahcesehir and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Universities, Doga and Ahmet Ulusoy High Schools and the office of the college’s marketing representatives, United Towers. The trip was sponsored and funded by Bogazici Atlantik Kulturel Dostluk Veis Birligi Dernegi (BAKIAD), a Turkish organization committed to improving understanding between the U.S. and Turkey. 

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