Erasmus Policy Statement

 

Piri Reis University is a non-profit foundation higher education institution founded in 2008 by the Turkish Chamber of Shipping. Established with the intention of educating and training qualified staff for the Turkish and the World Maritime sector and supporting the development of Turkish maritime industry, Piri Reis University is the first and the only university that is constructed based on all aspects of maritime theme in Turkey. The vision of the university is “to provide world class, quality education and training; conduct research and create synergy between vocational and academic education in an environment of global competition”. In line with this vision the university aims “to educate young people equipped with the vocational and communication skills required in the competitive, global environment of the 21st century, who are perfectly trained and capable of operating in any corner of the world”. Therefore, internationalization is not just an option but one of the sine qua non keystones of our University. Maritime related professions can rarely be local and a successful career in maritime world demands strongly for a global view and understanding. In addition to this, multicultural environments and linguistic diversity promote and increase personal competency and quality in higher education. We also aim to be a pacesetting university that develops national and international projects directly contributing to the lives of our fellow people, implements modern educational programs which are supported by a certain number of other social, cultural and human sciences. Within the same context, Piri Reis University adopts an education system in accordance with the principles of the European Higher Education Area. Bologna Process criteria have been implemented in the design of the educational programmes to increase the transparency, recognition and mobility in higher education. On the other hand, international maritime education is strictly controlled by the regulations of International Maritime Organization (IMO). Therefore, a lot of effort was put to match the Bologna Process principles with IMO requirements to achieve excellence in maritime education at our University. The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) is the global network of leading maritime universities providing Maritime Education and Training (MET) of seafarers for the global shipping industry. Piri Reis University is a member of IAMU since 2017.

 

Piri Reis University provides education and learning opportunities throughout its academic units including Maritime, Law, Engineering, Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculties. We are aiming at educating individuals who have high confidence and full technological knowledge, who are eager to participate, who know how to access information and question everything as well as specializing in every maritime field and developing scientific studies. Our students have world integrated, international educational opportunities by means of the ERASMUS partnerships we have with important European universities. We have received students/staffs from foreign countries and have sent our students/staffs  abroad for the past nine years. Selection of students/staffs to benefit from the Erasmus + Programme is being made by a Erasmus Committee composed of Faculty Erasmus Coordinators, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator and Vice-Rector in charge of Erasmus activities. Selection process is fully transparent and results are published on the website in detail. Our University hosted 56 incoming Erasmus exchange students and sent 112 outgoing Erasmus exchange students in last three years. Additionally internship mobility program served an opportunity for more than 50 students in the same period. We hosted 15 incoming staff and sent 29 outgoing staff within

Erasmus mobility activities in last three years.

 

Being one of the leading institutions in the field of maritime not only in Turkey but also in the world, is our primary goal. Piri Reis University has been the centre of innovations and differences in maritime education since its establishment. We have installed advanced technology simulators so as to offer higher quality in education, we currently have 17 multipurpose simulation centres. Our students learn how to navigate a ship competently in these injury-free and controlled centers.

 

Today, we have student trainees and graduates on duty in several parts of the world. We have put the Ankara Ship back into service for our students following renovations and renewals. Every year, about 200 of our students do their two-month training on the Piri Reis University ship. The ship visits many ports in the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions.

 

The Turkish Higher Education Council (CoHE) has awarded Piri Reis University “The Prize (or Excellence in International Co-operation”, due to the cooperation it exhibited with Qatar Naval Military College in the frame of the ”provision of education and the development of research institutions abroad”.

 

Piri Reis University aims to promote double degree programs with international partners in the University next year. Developing joint programmes with EU or non-EU institutions is among the short-term goals of the University. As a first step in this process, joint undergraduate and Master of Science degree protocol will be signed with Heriot Watt University in a few weeks. Students from Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of both Piri Reis University and Heriot Watt University will have a chance to attend common courses on economics, finance, accounting, business management issues. Furthermore Piri Reis University is a lead partner/coordinator of a project MINE-EMI funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. It focuses at elaboration of Joint Master Program (JMPs) that facilitate developing  skills and competences to raise awareness on emerging maritime issues in the wider Black Sea Basin in order to promote sustainable management of the maritime sector in the Black Sea basin. This project will cover following modules 1- Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), 2- Port and Maritime Logistics (PML), 3- Port Management and Ship Operations (PSO). University partners in this project are also our Erasmus partner universities from Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Project also involves representatives from the business sector and local administrations in order to fill the gap between the requirements in the maritime sector (management, transport operations, logistic) and the current lacking offer of updated courses in that matter. This approach briefly reflects our university’s internationalization strategy.

 

In line with the Bologna principles, University’s internationalization strategy can be summarized as follows:

 

  • Diversity is one of the most important objectives in international mobility activities of the University. Mobility actions must expand in a way to cover the students from  every cycle and from every faculty and graduate school and the staff from every department without any gender, age, ethnics, or religion discrimination. The selection process of the staff and students is designed to be transparent to prevent such discrimination.

 

  • Quality assurance during mobility and immediate recognition after mobility must be guaranteed by ECTS course catalogues, mobility agreements, ToR and diploma supplement.

 

  • It is targeted that 20% of the graduates should have received education or training abroad until 2027.

 

  • It is projected that incoming students/staff to outgoing students/staff ratio be around

¾ as of year 2027.

 

  • First priority will be given to EU countries in signing the bilateral agreements for all faculties. Institution-wise, it is aimed to have more than 120 exchange agreements with EU countries by the year 2027.

 

  • In student mobility, numbers of participants in training activities and in study activities must be almost equal since training holds a very important place in maritime education.

 

Participation in the Erasmus Programme will be a great support to the internationalization and modernization concepts that we would like to achieve and mentioned above.

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