UK Education Tour Turkey & Azerbaijan 2012

Thank you to all who joined us for the UK Education Tour, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

We hope you found the events beneficial in terms of new contacts, market intelligence and meeting focussed students in the best venues with the most focussed marketing. UK Education is a high-end, high quality option which we believe should be marketed as such: Boutique events, not supermarkets!

To improve our events we appreciate your feedback:

We will be returning to Baku next Autumn, and to Turkey in the Spring, and hope that you can join us again, as we build an excellent platform for UK education recruitment – the UK Education Tour! 

Behiye Bilgin, Chief Happiness Officer

70% Increase in Azeri Government Scholarships for 2013

The UK Education Tour (UKET) has arrived in Baku, the Caucasus’ largest and most cosmopolitan city. 

UK universities are in Baku this week

Baku has undergone a transition in recent years, with a resurgence in oil and gas production driving the economy and providing funding for numerous state projects.

The Azeri government ‘Education Abroad Programme’, which began in 2007, sends young people from Azerbaijan to the world’s top universities, in order to obtain international education and training and therefore assist in the development of Azerbaijan.

(L-R) Nurana Muradova (UKTI), David Mitchell (Levant Education), Claire Taylor (Uni. of Nottingham), Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sanic (Rector, Qafqaz University), Rebecca Crookes, (Sheffield Hallam Uni.), David Thornber (Durham University), Martin Maule (City University), Behiye Bilgin (Levant Education).

Universities such as Nottingham, Kings College London, Durham, Essex, Sheffield, Kent, Sheffield Hallam, and City University met with the  Azerbaijan Ministry of Higher Education on Thursday as part of the UKET itinerary, which also included a visit to Qafqaz University.

During the meeting with Mr. Ali-Pasha Zeynalova (Head of Department, Education Abroad and International students), UK Education Tour university delegates learned that the number of students graduating from and studying in the UK is growing, and the number of UK universities recognised for the programme is increasing.

Around 400 students are in the UK now, with 153 new UK enrollments in 2012 . The UK is the number 1 destination for Azeri government scholarship students, followed by Germany (144) and Turkey (130). In 2012 the number of universities recognised for the purposes of the programme increased from 40 to 48. 

The Ministry scholarship fund, worth €20m in 2012, will rise by 70% in 2013 to €34m. UK universities expect once again to welcome the largest number of students. Students for Undergraduate programmes need either to complete a Foundation course, or transfer after 1 or 2 years of study in Azerbaijan. This is creating opportunities for Foundation providers and 2+2 programmes. Postgraduate students are also funded, with over 100 leaving Azerbaijan in 2012.

There are 2 large scholarship programmes in Azerbaijan: the second is run by the the state-owned oil and natural gas corporation of Azerbaijan, SOCARThe list of UK universities recognised for the SOCAR programme is here.

The UKET visit to Baku will conclude with an Embassy Cocktail on Friday evening, with local politicians and university leaders in attendance, and an Exhibition on Saturday. Levant Education promotes UK education in Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan through missions, exhibitions and online marketing.

UKET Kurdistan – Feedback

Thank you for exhibiting with the UK Education Tour, Iraq.

We hope you found the events beneficial in terms of new contacts, market intelligence and enquiries to study / research. The Kurdish Region is a rapidly developing one, and opportunities for UK universities and schools are numerous.

To improve our events we appreciate your feedback:

You can see pictures from the events on Facebook and on this site.

We will be returning to Iraq in the Spring, and hope that you can join us there too!

Behiye Bilgin,
Chief Happiness Officer

UKET in Kurdish Iraq October 2012

UK Universities were on the road in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, Iraq this week with the UK Education Tour.

Universities from England, Scotland and Wales were present to meet potential students for UK Higher Education. As well as the student recruitment events, Ministers from the Higher Education and Planning departments (who administer the HCDP scholarship programme in the Kurdish Region) presented to the UK university delegates about the latest programme developments.

Delegates exhibiting at the event enjoyed meeting students and making new contacts from all over Iraq, as students and higher education representatives came from as far afield as Kirkuk, Mosul, Dahok and Baghdad.

The event provided an excellent opportunity to network effectively with Ministerial, British Council and institutional staff, to meet and understand more fully the needs of some ambitious and talented students and, of course, to experience an albeit brief though pleasant introduction to the Iraqi people and culture.
Jeremy Burgess, University of Warwick

Later this year the Ministry of Planning from the Kurdish Regional Government will announce the next round of scholarhips, for over 1000 students: the lucky ones will be keen to meet UK universities in Spring 2013 (the large majority of students from the KRG choose to study in the UK).

The announcement of a US visa office in Erbil, however, will encourage students in the region to apply to study in the USA, as UKBA policies continue to frustrate potential UK students. Despite these challenges, the UK Consulate in Erbil is working hard to support applications to the UK, by servicing visas for HCDP scholarship students.

“Well organised on the day and the UKET team were friendly and supportive. I think the events were effective and would consider doing them again”.
Siobhan Robinson, Cardiff  Metropolitan University

UK Education Tour highlights UK Higher Education in Turkey, Iraq and Azerbaijan.

UKET November Hotel Booking

UKET Hotels

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Turkey / Azerbaijan. You can now book your hotel for UK Education Tour online.

Istanbul: The event hotel is the Pera Palace Hotel, Pera View Deluxe Room. We have a group rate of €145 per night, not including breakfast or VAT 8%.

The 2nd option for Istanbul is Ramada Plaza Hotel, Osmanbey. It is 2 stops from the venue on the Metro (exit Sishane). The rate is €120 plus VAT 8% including breakfast.

Ankara: The event hotel is the Sheraton, Ankara. We have a group rate of €120 per night (single) plus VAT 8%, breakfast is included. You should arrive in Ankara Sunday 18th or Monday 19th November. The exhibition is on Tuesday 20th.

Baku: The event hotel is the Hilton. We have a group rate of AZN170 per night, including breakfast but not VAT 18%. You should arrive in Baku on Wednesday 21st November. The events are Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November.

Please select your choices below and click submit. Deadline is September 21. 

UK Education Tour: Autumn Schedule

UK Education Tour promotes UK education through exhibitions, local networking opportunities and working with government agencies. Following successful events in Autumn 2011 and Spring 2012, we are delighted to confirm our schedule for Autumn 2012.


UK Education Tour first exhibited in Erbil in November 2011; this Autumn will be our 3rd event in northern Iraq, and we will also visit Sulaymaniyah.

The KRG Human Capacity Development Program in Higher Education (HCDP) is an ambitious program that aims to develop human capacities in Kurdistan Region in the field of higher education. An annual KRG budget of one hundred and twenty billion dinars (US$100 million) is allocated to the scheme. It provides a fair opportunity for thousands of distinguished young men and women to continue their education in internationally renowned universities. In the past 2 years, over 60% of the scholarship students have chosen to study in the UK.

We will visit north Iraq from October 15 to 18. For more details and registration details, please click here. 

Turkey and Azerbaijan

Turkey is an increasingly important market for UK education, but it is notoriously difficult to gain traction there. The agent fair industry seems only to feed itself and local language schools, but the lack of focus leaves UK universities and schools feeling like the right product in the wrong place.

Azerbaijan is experiencing rapid growth on the back of increasing exploitation of energy reserves. Positioned between Russia, Iran, Armenia and Turkey, it is a strategically key provider of energy for Turkey and Europe. The young population sees the UK as the most favourable destination for foreign study.

UK Education Tour is limited to 20 institutions, and will be held at excellent venues in Istanbul, Ankara and Baku. We only exhibit with UK universities and a handful of quality English schools, to ensure that enquiries are focussed and numerous for our clients. We will visit Turkey and Azerbaijan from November 17 to 24.  Click here for more information and registration details.