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Aug 18 2014

NYIT and Turkish Partner YTU Offer Dual Master’s Degrees

teacher with distance learning screenOld Westbury, N.Y. (18 August 2014) – Starting this fall, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will begin offering a dual master’s degree program with Istanbul-based Yildiz Technical University (YTU), a prominent institution and among the top universities in Turkey. Students can begin the 33-credit M.S. in Instructional Technology (18 credits taken at NYIT and 15 credits plus a project at YTU, with some courses offered online) at either university and will earn degrees from both institutions.

Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., NYIT provost and vice president for academic affairs, commented, “Our cooperation with YTU brings a new vitality to our instructional technology offerings, and takes our School of Education programs overseas. Not only will students learn about new methods of teaching with technology, but they will also learn innovation pedagogy through integration of technology. In addition, spending significant time in both New York and Istanbul will expand graduates’ networks and give them a global perspective.”

Instructional technology, also known as educational technology, is a field encompassing both theories of learning and technological innovation. NYIT’s chair of instructional technology, Sarah McPherson, Ed.D., stated, “Instructional technology prepares educators throughout the world for the new technology literacies that connect all levels of the global community—educational, economic, political, social, personal, and professional.”

Shoureshi noted that the collaboration with YTU arises organically from NYIT’s longstanding relationships with Turkish educators. NYIT, in cooperation with New York’s Turkish Cultural Center, designated 2014 as “The Year of Turkey,” and several events have taken place at NYIT to strengthen these ties. “NYIT especially values our connection with YTU because their mission is similar to ours. Like us, they promote applied research, technology integration, and global orientation.” He adds, “Educational technology is the first of many collaborative projects and initiatives between NYIT and YTU, and we look forward to several dual degree programs between our two institutions, including in the areas of engineering, business, and architecture.”

The new location and delivery method for NYIT’s instructional technology program follows the recent approval of the instructional technology master’s degree at NYIT-Abu Dhabi. NYIT now offers the same degree across three countries. In addition, NYIT’s online master’s in instructional technology appears among U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Online Graduate Education Programs.”

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