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First students at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul / Wanka: "An important component of the internationalization strategy"

In the winter semester 2013/14, the Turkish-German University (TDU) in Istanbul welcomes its first students in three undergraduate and two master’s degrees. With the establishment of the joint University of Turkey and Germany are expanding their long-standing academic and scientific cooperation. The Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka, said in today’s press conference on the occasion of receiving the teaching activities for the winter semester: "I am delighted that five years after the signing of the German-Turkish intergovernmental agreement of the teaching at the TDU starts now The TDU is a. important part of our internationalization strategy for higher education, science and research. "

Offered are three undergraduate programs in three faculties of the TDU in the subjects of technology Mechatronic Systems (Engineering Faculty), Law (Faculty of Law) and Business Administration (Economic and Management Sciences) and two Masters Degrees in Social Sciences Institute in the "Intercultural Management" and "European and International Affairs". The implementation of the programs carried out in cooperation with the Free University of Berlin, Berlin University of Technology and the Universities of Cologne, Mรผnster and Passau. Since the winter semester 2011/12, together with the Technical University of Dortmund offers the TDU to a Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology (MMT) in Germany.

The TDU is a Turkish state university. In the medium term there will be 5,000 students in five faculties. The Universities of Heidelberg and Potsdam contribute in building the two other faculties, a scientific as well as a cultural and social science faculty as partners. "Through the establishment of a Turkish-German University in a significant gap in the Turkish university system closes," said Halil Akkanat, Rector of the TDU.

The German and Turkish high school teachers teach in German and Turkish languages, where necessary in English. For the students, language courses and summer schools are available in Germany. All courses have been developed in close partnership with the German universities of the TDU. On the German side the academic responsibility is supported by a consortium of 29 German universities. The former President of the German Parliament, Rita Sรผssmuth emphasized as president of the consortium: "My commitment to this university is both scientific and policy Turkish and German We need each other looking at science and society have in common…" The shops of the consortium will the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). "20,000 foreign students at German universities offer study abroad quantify the degree of our responsibility for educational biographies, as they will soon also co-written at the University of Turkish-Germans." Said Margret Wintermantel, President of the DAAD. "The TDU combines the best scientific achievements of our two countries."

The TDU is aiming to become a center of international and intercultural encounter in research and teaching. A particular focus is on engineering and the natural sciences. An intensive exchange with the German universities to study at the TDU mark, which is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Turkish partners.

Media inquiries to:

Press office of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Tel: +49 (0) 30-18 57-5050 or -5057


Press office of the German Academic Exchange Service

Tel: +49 (0) 228 – 882-308


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