• Coordinating Institution: Gazi University (Türkiye)

  • Partners:

  • Boğaziçi University(Türkiye)

  • University of Evora (Portugal)

  • Pomeranian University (Poland)

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Gazi University is one of the largest universities in Turkey with its faculties from education to communication, fine arts to engineering, sports to forestry, medicine to pharmacy, dentistry to science and economics. The academic performance and services of Gazi University has been approved by international rating agencies such as URAP and LEIDEN. Ranked in the top 5 universities in Turkey, Gazi University also has its place among the top 500 universities in the overall ranking, especially in the medical and engineering fields.

Gazi Faculty of Education, which has its roots in the 'Gazi Secondary Teacher Training School and Civility Institute', is the oldest teacher training institution in Turkey and maintains its claim to be the national leader in terms of teacher education. Gazi Faculty of Education has over 10,000 students. The department of Foreign Language Teaching is the oldest in Turkey, dating back to 1940s and has been the source of language teacher education and training ever since.

The ILTERG project aims to create an international network of scholars to share expertise and knowledge on language teacher education. Gazi Faculty of Education, as the coordinating university, appear to be quite able to enhance productivity and efficiency in research in teacher education. As the longest-established department of language teaching in Turkey, the faculty has had the mission to train and educate academicians for other universities over the years. The faculty members have also collaborated with Ministry of Education (MoNE) to take active part in the training sessions of in-service teachers throughout the country. Academics are prolific researchers with various publications in respected journals. The faculty members have taken part in curriculum development and materials design projects with Board of Education in MoNE. They have also carried out projects in collaboration with TUBITAK (The scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) and EU. Particularly valuable is the multiple perspectives and expertise that Gazi University could contribute to the promotion, discussion and innovation in issues in language teacher education. We believe Gazi Faculty of Education could contribute to the research group aiming to create a common agenda responsive to the questions and issues in quality language teacher education.

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Bogazici University, with its vision achieving international excellence in education and research and becoming a “green”, sustainable university, aims to increase their competitiveness in academic research and joining the best research universities in the world.

Boğaziçi University’s mission is (1) educating individuals who endorse our institutional values, who respect ethical standards, who are environmentally conscious, who can think critically and who, with their academic and cultural formation and self confidence, are versatile, creative and capable of being successfully employed in academic institutions and in public or private sectors; (2) generating universal knowledge and contributing to critical thinking, science and technology while serving humanity; (3) expanding the scientific horizons in Turkey and contributing to the insitutionalization of science, art and culture in our society.

The basic components of the undergraduate ELT program consist of professional courses including methodological and pedagogical approaches to foreign language teaching as well as raising students’ awareness of the English language system. The Department of Foreign Language Education provides courses related to second language acquisition and second language teaching methodology and organizes practice teaching in selected schools. Other courses of the program are offered by various departments of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Through elective courses, students are provided with opportunities to pursue individual interests in various cultural and professional subjects.

The objective of the graduate programs is to equip the students with advanced and specialized knowledge in the field and to help them acquire skills for research. A well-balanced emphasis on theory and application is maintained throughout the programs. The graduates of the M.A. program are expected to engage in teaching or research activities and develop adequate motivation for more advanced graduate work in the field, while those with a Ph. D. degree will choose to pursue academic careers at universities. Both M.A. and Ph. D. programs are carried out in accordance with the regulations of the Institute of Social Sciences. In addition, the Department has student and staff exchange programs at the graduate and undergraduate level with a number of universities in Europe and the United States.

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Pomeranian University in Słupsk is the state school of higher education with almost 45-year tradition. It was founded in 1969 on the basis of the Cabinet (Reg. no. 18, it. 134) under the name of Teacher’s College.

At present there are about 4000 students at the Pomeranian University in Słupsk. They are offered education in 23 fields and 100 specializations both in the system of full-time studies as well as extramural studies.

At first-cycle degree studies (bachelor's degree) and second-cycle degree studies (master's degree) Pomeranian University educates in 8 fields (Polish Philology, Russian Philology, History, Biology, Geography, Pedagogics, Fine Arts Education – speciality: Music Education and Mathematics), whereas at first-cycle studies the University educates in 14 fields (National Security, Tourism and Leisure Studies, English Philology, German Philology, Culture Studies, Political Science, Technical Physics /eng/, Technical and IT Education /eng/, Nursing, Medical Rescue, Public Health, Environmental Protection, Sociology, Social Works). There are also conducted studies at a doctoral level in the area of History and Literature.

Pomeranian University offers post-graduate studies and courses within the area of research carried out.

The Faculty of Philology and History and the Faculty of Mathematics and Science are authorized to grant scientific degrees of Doctor, respectively in the field of History and Biology. Within the next few years the University is planning to attain additional rights for conferring academic degrees of Doctor and Doctor Habilitatus.

At the Pomeranian University, there are 550 scientific and didactic employees including 90 professors and 260 doctors. Lectures are also conducted by visiting professors from other Scientific Institutions both domestic and foreign e.g. from Germany, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary or Great Britain.

The mission of the University includes provision about the University as a scientific and research as well as a teaching institution.

Pomeranian University in Słupsk takes various actions within the process of internationalization. There are now over 30 foreign partners within the LLP-Erasmus Programme, and in December 2013 the University was awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education under the Erasmus+ Programme.

In June 2013 Pomeranian University in Słupsk adopted a new strategy for the period 2013-2020, which includes development of strategic objectives of international cooperation.

The strategy, among others, includes the following strategic and operational objectives:

• Developing cooperation with other domestic and foreign scientific institutions (universities), as well as cultural, educational, administrative, economic, health, environmental protection institutions, and others in order to carry out the mission of the University.

• the implementation of joint interdisciplinary research and development project

• extension of cooperation with scientific and economic centres both in the country and abroad. The main aim of the task is to undertake joint research for the purpose of scientific and economic development.

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The University of Évora is organized in 4 Schools: Arts, Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Nursing and offers 41 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate degrees. Research and Development (R&D) covers several scientific areas through a network of 14 Research Units, all of them submitted to international evaluation, under the coordination of the Institute for Research and Advanced Studies. Furthermore, the University of Évora established three Chairs in areas of excellence: Biodiversity, Renewable Energies and Heritage, which are sponsored by private capital holders. Over the last years, the University has fostered a close link with the community. Such interaction has been possible through the creation of working networks and dissemination of knowledge such as the participation in the Science and Technology Park as well as through the establishment of protocols and contracts for the supply of services in partnerships with Companies, Universities, Associations and Institutes. The main R&D areas are: Agronomy and Biodiversity; Geophysics, Environment and Landscaping; Materials and Surface Science; Economics and Business Studies; Computer Sciences and Software Interoperability; Social and Political Sciences, History, History of Art, Science and Cultures; Applied Mathematics; Education; Linguistics and Literature; Elderly Healthcare. The 150 running R&D projects are developed through national and international partnerships, funded by the FP7, FCT as well as by private sponsorship.

Integrated in the core scientific areas of the University of Évora, the Department of Linguistics and Literatures aims at providing its graduates with specific theoretical and technical skills in the areas of English, French, Spanish and Portuguese language, linguistics, literatures and cultures, and with general instrumental, interpersonal and cognitive skills. Thus, in line with the educational, scientific and cultural project of the institution, the main objectives of the 1st cycle, 2nd cycle and 3rd cycle courses provided by the Department of Linguistics and Literatures are: (1) to provide a solid scientific and technical education able to develop the students’ skills and practical competences; (2) to improve the qualifications of human resources through the transfer of knowledge produced in the areas of language, linguistics, literatures and cultures to the national and international communities; (3) to formally spread knowledge produced by the critical mass; (4) to develop the country through qualified education and services to the community, in accordance with the current needs of employability through the articulation of strong language and literary skills together with other domains of knowledge and cultural activity/production; (5) to improve the scientific and cultural production of the country within the European context; (6) to improve the scientific and cultural production of the region, as well as its social and economic development. The possibilities in the internationalization of education, of sharing and transferring knowledge and scientific production, as well as students’ and teachers’ mobility involve other countries and institutions.