2013-03-29 20:43:29 UTC
March 29 2013
First online university to be set up in Ankara
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Three universities in the capital city of Ankara join forces to form
the country’s very first virtual university. However, some clasess,
like medicine or denstistry labs, will be held at physical classes
Three Ankara-based universities are preparing to establish the
International United Ankara University (IUAU), which will be Turkey’s
first ‘semi-virtual’ university.
Gazi, Ankara and Hacettepe universities agreed to establish the IUAU
nearly six months ago, and their target is to start its education term
by September 2013.
The IUAU will not have its own campus, facilities or academic
personnel; instead, it will use the facilities, academics,
laboratories, classrooms and clinics of Gazi, Ankara and Hacettepe
universities when needed.
Academics of the three universities will give lectures at the “virtual
faculty” over the Internet.
The IUAU will have 50 percent Turkish and 50 percent foreign students,
and the education language will be English.
The institution will be a state university, but it will not have its
There will be medicine, pharmaceutics, dentistry, health sciences,
agriculture, veterinary medicine, engineering, architecture, science,
translation and education faculties at the IUAU. Students who graduate
will earn diploma rights from the three universities. The university
will also offer masters and doctorate programs. Ankara University
Rector Erkan İbiş said modern technology will be actively used.
“We attach great importance to the issue of internationalization at
the University of Ankara. In this context, we are trying to develop
projects that will increase our reputation. The idea came up when
three universities decided to join forces,” İbiş told the Hürriyet
Daily News in a written statement. The collaboration will come into
effect after the completion of legal arrangements, İbiş said.
Gazi University Rector Süleyman Büyükberber said such a university
will be a first in Turkey, according to an Anatolia news agency
report. Büyükberber said Turkey lacks 30,000 doctors and this need
must be met before 2023.