Erasmus+ Policy Statement
Since 1883 Marmara University has been an institution offering academic excellence and is one of leading institutions of higher education in Turkey.
With the awareness of being in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city with approximately 3100 elite academic staff and over 81,000 students, our University provides education and learning opportunities in five languages, namely Turkish, English, French, German and Arabic, throughout its academic units including Economy, Business Management, Political Science, Medicine, Dentistry, and Theology Faculties. Marmara University, providing education to world's highest standards with its above-described characteristics, opens its gates to mobility students and international students in parallel to our internationalization policy.
Developing an efficient cooperation network based on mutual benefit at international level with institutions throughout the world is one of the most important strategic goals of our University. Marmara University's future strategy towards Erasmus+ Programme is based on developing the current relations with our partner European universities and establishing new learning mobility agreements and cooperation projects in addition to the foregoing.
Marmara University participated in Erasmus+ Programme in 2003-2004 academic year as one of the fifteen pilot universities in Turkey. As a result of good relations maintained with European institutions throughout years, our University has become most-preferred by European students and maintained the best incoming-outgoing student balance among the Turkish Universities. In parallel to Europe's 2020 vision, our University aims to maximize the number of future graduates who have benefited from the program.
Number of agreements that our University has signed with partner institutions in the scope of Erasmus+ Programme has exceeded 600.In order to ensure the activation of cooperation and mobility, our University seeks curriculum compatibility in selection of partner institutions. In this context, academic departments have an active role in selection of partners. Erasmus department coordinators consider the program contents of potential partner institutions. In addition to this, partner institutions are being searched willing to establish agreements in the subject areas in which we have comparatively less contracts. We aim to increase the student and personnel mobility in these areas.
Marmara University emphasizes on mobility at all levels of education. In order to provide the participation of students from all levels (short, first, second and third), information days are organized in every academic unit.
Because Short Cycle programs are mainly based on practical education, training mobility gains importance in this level.
There hasn't been any issue of discrimination since the program was launched in our University in 2003-2004. Selection of students to benefit from the Program is being made by a Commission composed of Departmental Erasmus Coordinators, academic staff and Erasmus Institutional Coordinator. Likewise, members of academic staff are also selected by a similar commission. Selection process is fully transparent and results are published on the website in detail.
In addition to the Erasmus+ Programme, our university has signed scientific and educational protocol agreements with a total of 56 different universities from 25 countries.
Our University attaches great importance to development of double/joint diploma programs with universities abroad. As a result of initiatives made in this scope, five partner programs are established with partner universities.
Marmara University structures its curriculum in parallel to European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and National Qualifications Framework and target to graduate its students that are compliant with the community's economic and social needs.
As a result of our participation in the program, Marmara University has conducted broad activities within the scope of implementation of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS provides international mobility and horizontal/vertical transfers to be realized readily. By using ECTS, learning achievements of our students can be transferred between our University and other institutions.
Marmara University has been awarded by European Commission with Diploma Supplement Label in 2010 and with ECTS Label in 2012.