On September 17, Ender Korkmaz, the director of Yunus Emre Turkish Center in Kyiv at the Embassy of the Turkish Republic in Ukraine visited Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
The Vice-Rector for International Relations, NAS Corresponding Member Serhiy Sidorenko, Deputy Vice-Rector for International Relations Kseniya Yudkova, Director of the Center of Culture and Arts of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Mykhaylo Halushko, Deputy Director of Scientific and Technical Library of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Svitlana Zueva, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Energy and Energy Olena Nekrashevich and others met the guest.
The participants of the meeting discussed cooperation issues and possible new forms based on the experience of cooperation of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ukraine and the Turkish Agency for Cooperation and Coordination of TIKA in Ukraine. Serhiy Sidorenko told the guest about this experience. He stressed that cooperation with Turkey is one of the priorities of the university international activities. Serhiy Sidorenko also informed that over the last two decades, almost 700 Turkish citizens have received higher education in Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, told about the cooperation of Science Park "Kyiv Polytechnic" with the science parks of some Turkish universities, about the opening of a clean water laboratory at the Engineering and Chemistry Faculty of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with the financial and organizational support of TIKA in Ukraine. He also emphasized that one of the most important areas of cooperation development is the increase in the number of Turkish students who come to study at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. In particular, the representatives of Turkey show great interest in the recently opened thermal energy faculty of the educational master's program "Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials". This is all the more important because the Turkish Higher Education Council has agreed to a recently developed at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute International master's program in nuclear technology (between Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and the University of Ankara), and after its final signing (which is soon to be in Ankara), from 2020 on, the training of specialists for Turkish nuclear energy will begin at the Heat and Power Engineering Faculty following the program approved in the field of nuclear technology for the master's degree. Among other proposals made by Serhiy Sidorenko was the proposal to create a joint Ukrainian-Turkish Center in Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute as a platform for cooperation between universities of both countries.
In turn, Ender Korkmaz reported that Yunus Emre Turkish Center headed by him is a part of the Turkish Embassy and spoke about the main directions of his activity. The main ones are an acquaintance of the citizens of Ukraine with the history and culture of Turkey, the organization of courses for learning the Turkish language (he, incidentally, suggested to open such courses in Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute), the organization of cooperation between Turkish and Ukrainian institutions of higher education, the organization of academic institutions of higher education, development of scientific and technical cooperation between the technical colleges of both countries, etc. The Center has been operating since 2007 and has already undertaken several notable events. Among those still in the pipeline, Ender Korkmaz invited the representatives of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute to participate - organizing lectures by professors of Turkish universities in Ukrainian universities, including Kyiv Polytechnic, participation in Turkish Culture Days in Ukraine, scheduled for the end of October, and so on.
Finally, the participants of the meeting agreed to continue the contacts and identified the persons who would be responsible for further interaction.