SU’s Llorens meets with more school officials from Turkey

Southern University Chancellor James L. Llorens met again today with education officials from Turkey who are interested in student and faculty exchanges with the Baton Rouge campus.

Meeting with Llorens were Prof. Ali Surmen, president of Bursa Technical College and Dr. Yusuf Ulcay, vice president of Bursa, a nearly two-year-old educational institution in Bursa, Turkey.

The Turkey school officials told Llorens their main focus early on would be majors in forestry, engineering and social sciences. They are also interested in dual degree and graduate level programs.

Just last month, a top official from the 17,000-student Abant Izzet Baysal University in Turkey signed an agreement that could result in students from the western Asian nation coming to Southern.

Llorens and the other officials today discussed the possibility of student and faculty exchanges,  some of which could start in early 2013.

Also involved in today’s discussions were Dr. Barbara Carpenter, head of the Center for International and Continuing Education and Dr. Osman Kandara in the Department of Computer Science.  Kandara, a native of Turkey and Carpenter have worked with the chancellor to arrange the meetings with the education officials from Turkey.

The Turkish visitors also had discussions with Freddie Pitcher, Chancellor of the SU Law Center and Dr. Leodrey Williams, Chancellor of the SU AgCenter.

Chancellor Llorens has planned another trip to Turkey to involve more discussion on student exchanges.

The SUBR-Turkey association is part of the University’s aggressive effort to increase recruitment and the Southern’s visibility around the world.

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