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May 07 2013

NYIT and Turkish Dignitaries Celebrate Partnerships

Old Westbury and Manhattan, NY  (May 7, 2013) – The Turkish Cultural Center of New York presented “The Year of Turkey Award” to New York Institute of Technology last week in recognition of the university’s growing partnership with the country and several of its institutions of higher education.

Rahmat Shoureshi accepts awardNYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., announced that NYIT will offer three dual degree programs with Turkish universities starting next year: NYIT and Yildiz Technical University will offer a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and NYIT and Kadir Has University and Isik University will offer dual five-year Master of Business Administration and graduate-level engineering degrees.
“NYIT has had the history of attracting Turkish students and with these dual-degree partnerships, NYIT will be able to expand its offerings and footprint globally while partnering with high quality and well respected universities,” Shoureshi said. “Our students will have the opportunity to experience a high quality, global education at a country with a rich culture, history and tradition.”
Shoureshi accepted the award from M. Levent Bilgen, Consul General of the Turkish Consulate in New York, during the cultural center’s annual Turkish Olympiads at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. About 300 American-Turkish business representatives and families of high school student competitors from the tri-state area attended the event, along with Y. Halit Cevik, the Turkish Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn. School of Education Dean Satasha Green, Ph.D., Dean of Global Academic Programs Patricia Burlaud, Ph.D., Professor Carol Dahir, Ed.D., and several NYIT students also attended.
“We would like to recognize NYIT for building educational bridges between the United States and Turkey,” said Mehmet Kilic, Vice President of the Turkish Cultural Center in a letter announcing the award.
Shoureshi said NYIT students and faculty will benefit from the dual degree programs through opportunities to collaborate on research, organize conferences and workshops, and immerse themselves in NYIT’s global network.
“We are looking to partner with universities that share the same vision, mission, and values as those of NYIT,” said Shoureshi.  “Furthermore, NYIT is interested in partner universities that are student-centered and have a strong interest in continuous integration of technology in their curriculum and operations.”
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