Dear all,

Please find the news for this week below:

1. Advisory visit to Karabuk University by Serkan Aras and Gokce Unlu

Last month, Serkan Aras and Gökçe Ünlü were invited to Karabük University to inform the instructors about the EAQUALS accreditation and to answer the questions of the university management regarding the accreditation process. In the morning, during the meeting with the management team of Karabük University, the accreditation process was discussed based on EAQUALS criteria. The schemes of advisory and actual inspection were presented. In the afternoon, Gökçe and Serkan came together with the instructors of the Karabük University Preparatory Program and answered their questions regarding accreditation. In this session, accreditation was discussed in terms of its benefits for instructors. 

2. French Embassy Fellowships
The Embassy of France in Turkey is launching three Fellowships for the year 2018:

 Fellowship for PhD candidates
 Fellowship for Young Visiting Researchers (Submission up to 3 years after obtaining the doctorate)
 Fellowship for Visiting Researchers

France and Turkey have an historical cooperation in the field of higher education and research. The Embassy has supported the implementation of several structural bilateral programs such as the PHC Bosphorus, the TÜBITAK-ANR funding program for research, the French Institute for Anatolian Studies (IFEA) and the French Government Fellowship. Numerous cooperation agreements exist between universities of both countries, and the French-Turkish Galatasaray University counts among the most prestigious Higher Education institutions in Turkey.

It is a priority for the Embassy of France to foster new collaborations opportunities between Turkish and French researchers in order to enhance and maintain this fruitful link between our two countries.
This Fellowship call represents a new opportunity for Turkish researchers to connect themselves to French teams at different stages of their academic career. These high level Fellowships are designed with the aim of triggering new links that should be the starting point of long lasting and broader scientific collaborations. The Embassy of France in Turkey offers Fellowships for applicants who intend to go further in their collaboration with a French academic institution.

Field of studies:

These mobility grant programs are open to all disciplines. Nevertheless, in order to strengthen joint research projects, priorities will focus on the following themes:

 Basic and technological sciences, including engineering and mathematics
 Humanities and Social Sciences, including philosophy
 Energy, including nuclear energy and renewable energy
 Sustainable development, including urban studies and environment
 Medical sciences and biotechnologies
 Agricultural sciences
 Art, culture and creative industries

The application deadline is February 12th 2018 Midnight. If you would like to apply, you can contact the TLDU for the application form.


3. Invitation to Oxford Teachers’ Academy ( OTA ) Online

the Higher Education Department (HiEd) of Oxford University Press – Turkey, would proudly like to introduce and inform you about their campaign organized for the 3rd and 4th year students at the English Language Department of Faculty of Education, as well as the ones at British/American Literature and or Translation Studies Departments at your university, who are planning to become teaching professionals (‘Future Teachers’ from here onwards), and for all EFL professional instructors/lecturers at School fo Foreign Language Schools.

They would kindly like to arrange an appointment with you, so they can negotiate on the campaign details in person.

What is the purpose of the campaign?
The campaign aims at better preparing ‘future teachers’ for their future careers. In order to achieve this, we would like to introduce you and the future teachers our campaign with a series of online courses – entitled ‘Oxford Teachers’ Academy (OTA)’.

Who is the campaign for?
OTA are online, self-study professional development courses for English language teachers, developed by Oxford University Press (OUP). OTA online courses are suitable for teachers with an initial qualification and some teaching experience, as well as ‘future teachers’.

Completion of the courses is certified by Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, which they strongly believe that having it in their professional teacher’s portfolio will be a powerful evidence to justify that they have been involved in professional development to become better qualified teaching professional starting from their early years.

What is OTA?
Designed for self-study with elements of communication and sharing between participants, the courses can also be run by institutions as moderated, in-house professional development programmes. Session aims and topics have been mapped onto the EAQUALS Framework of Language Teacher Training and Development (TD-FRAM), which provides a detailed description of the key professional competences of teacher development in terms of the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed by language teachers over three phases of development.

What does OTA offer?
Typically they provide 30 hours of core material, with suggestions for further reading and interesting websites, videos, and blogs for each topic.

Participants have 12 months to access the course content on their computers anytime, anywhere with access to the internet. That means they can fit their study around teaching commitments, at a pace to suit their own learning style.

For further information about the courses and to try the demo version of each course, please click on either the link:

Contacts (HiEd):
• Turgut Turunc
• Nafi Ozmenek
• Emrah Kocabuga

Have a great week,