Report: Turkey Spring 2013

UK Education Tour returned to Turkey in April for an intensive weekend of events in Istanbul and Ankara. 

The event coincided with the first sunny weekend of the year, ensuring that the students attending were high calibre, serious enquirers about studying in the UK. This event was the first to feature private interviews, where students booked slots for 1-to-1 sessions with UK university officers.

We also added value to this Spring’s event by adding school visits as part of the Tour, with visits to Robert College, MEF and TED Colleges, which were well received by university counsellors and students.

The UK Education Tour is successfully promoting UK education as a high quality, high value option for discerning students looking abroad for university and language education. In an exhibition obsessed market, UK Education Tour is the only UK-only, high-end event that limits participation and is organised independently. This year we were supported by UKTI in Turkey to increase the reach and effectiveness of marketing. 

“If you want to see hoards of people coming through the door, then the UKET fairs are probably not for you. If however you want to meet focused, qualified students in premier venues, then the UKET fairs should be your first choice when considering your marketing activities in Turkey”.David Thornber, Durham University (Turkey & Azerbaijan, November 2012).
“If you want to see hoards of people coming through the door, then the UKET fairs are probably not for you. If however you want to meet focused, qualified students in premier venues, then the UKET fairs should be your first choice when considering your marketing activities in Turkey”.
David Thornber, Durham University (Turkey & Azerbaijan, November 2012).

“UKET provide the best events I have ever attended, consistently attracting the best students and boosting interest in UK education”. 
Claire Taylor, Nottingham University.

PICTURES FROM SPRING 2012 – NOVEMBER 2012 – April 2013

UKET Kurdistan Spring 2013 Feedback

Thank you for attending the UK Education Tour in Kurdish Iraq!

The event has been built on feedback and support from UK universities, and we appreciate your input as it helps us create better platforms for UK education recruitment.

Thanks for your time, any requests or specific feedback will responded to shortly.

Report: UKET Kurdistan April 2013

UK Universities returned to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah in April for the UK Education Tour, meeting potential future HCDP scholarship students, Iraq scholarship students, faculty from local universities and  Kurdish Regional Government officials. 

This was the 4th ‘UK Education Tour’ mission to the region since 2011, and once again excellent UK universities came to Kurdistan to meet with promising young students from all over Iraq. The next UK Education Tour in Iraq will take place in September and registration is now open. 

The demand for International Higher Education is driven by regional and national scholarship programmes that aim to rebuild Iraqi Higher Education after years of isolation and war. Scholarships aim to send students all over the world for this project, although the UK is by far the most sought after destination for students from Kurdistan.

Exhibitors reported excellent levels of interest from students and faculty, and appreciated the participation of both UK and KRG officials. UKET continues to act as a platform for lobbying the Kurdish Regional Government to maintain a full list of UK universities on the ‘recommended’ institution list published on the KRG HCDP website.

UK University meeting with Ministry of Higher Education
UK University meeting with Ministry of Higher Education

Exhibitor feedback is still coming in. Joanne Jacobs (University of Manchester) wrote, “I thought it was very worthwhile, well targeted and good fun!”

Kathryn Land from the University of Portsmouth commented, “It was a great success and all went smoothly – unusual for the Middle East!!”

Iraq Scholarships Workshop

UK universities and schools, working with Levant Education Group, joined forces in Dubai last week (February 23,34) to meet with the Iraqi Ministry of Education to discuss opportunities for collaborations and support for Iraqi scholarship programmes that aim to internationalise Higher Education in Iraq, and to increase quality and capacity.

L-R: Noor Al Zubaidi, Bangor University; Jon Inegbedion, Southampton University; Dave Liston, Liverpool John Moores University; Sarah Byrne, Liverpool School of English; Andrew Mandebura, Huddersfield University; James Kennedy, University of Warwick; Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director General of Scholarships & Cultural Relations, Iraq Government; Jenny Saville, Nottingham Trent University; David Mitchell, Levant Education Group; Prof R Gill, Middlesex University; Tim Kerrdineen, Kings Colleges.
L-R: Noor Al Zubaidi, Bangor University; Jon Inegbedion, Southampton University; Dave Liston, Liverpool John Moores University; Sarah Byrne, Liverpool School of English; Andrew Mandebura, Huddersfield University; James Kennedy, University of Warwick; Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director General of Scholarships & Cultural Relations, Iraq Government; Jenny Saville, Nottingham Trent University; David Mitchell, Levant Education Group; Prof R Gill, Middlesex University; Tim Kerrdineen, Kings Colleges.

The aim of the workshop was to clarify procedures for recruiting Iraqi scholarship students. The Iraqi government is aiming to send 10,000 students abroad every year, although estimates of actual starts in the UK so far range between 300 and 1000.

During the event, in a specially arranged session with Dr Bahaa Kadhum, Director general of Scholarships and Cultural Relations, delegates discussed the challenges of preparing and assisting Iraqi students for Masters and PhD studies in the UK.

Attending the event on behalf of language and pathways providers Kings Colleges, Regional Director Tim Kerrdineen commented, “This was a perfect event for us in terms of networking generally and the closed-door session with the Director General of Scholarships. The PG scholarships are driving demand for English and Academic preparation, areas where we are particularly keen to offer our services”

The 2 day event also included focus panels chaired by UNESCO, the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, McGraw Gill Education, GEMS Education, and SSAT Middle East.
Levant Education Group Owner / Director David Mitchell reported, “We saw that the US State Department was very active at the Summit, and US institutions are well advanced with projects to assist the Iraqi Government with providing international education and training. Our goal was to ensure that UK schools / universities were present and meeting key Iraqi education officials, to encourage better mutual understanding of needs and processes, and to begin a dialogue that we are sure will continue in the coming months.
“As part of our Iraq-focus this year, we will also be taking around 20 UK institutions to the Kurdish Region of Iraq in the first week of April, our 4th such mission in 2 years, and have seen the benefit of a UK-focussed approach over the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of international education / multi-sector fairs”.To register for the next UK Education Tour in Kurdish Iraq, please click here. 

Turkey: New Business Development

 At UK Education Tour we aim to help you develop new markets within Turkey.

With over 50 million people living outside of the biggest cities (Istanbul and Ankara) it’s important to keep on working at developing recruitment from different regions in  Turkey.

So, for UKET Spring 2013 we will follow Baku, Istanbul and Ankara with a 4th city in Turkey: In the early stages we are asking for your opinion as to the city to visit on April 30th 2013:

Adana: Adana is the capital of Adana Province, home to 1.6 million people. The Adana-Mersin metropolitan area has a population of 3 million people. Çukurova University is placed among the top 500 universities of the world in research conducted by Blackwell Publishing, Quacquarelli Symonds and The Times.

Antalya: The population of Antalya has increased significantly in recent years, to over 1 million. The leading economic sectors are tourism, agriculture, ship building and commerce. Akdeniz University has an student body of over 30,000 students.

Gaziantep: A population of 1.4 million, and home to one of Turkey’s largest uninversites – Gaziantep University – and the private Zirve University, Gaziantep has a thriving economy based on industry, importing/exporting, agriculture and tourism. Gaziantep’s tourism industry is thriving, offering Museums dedicated to its recent and ancient history, a Citadel and historic bazaars.

Konya: Central Anatolian Konya has a population of over 1 million people, and Selçuk University is one of the largest public universities in Turkey. Rumi’s tomb is in the city, whose followers established the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam there and became known as the whirling dervishes.

Trabzon: Trabzon is located on the historic silk road, on the Black Sea in Turkey’s north east. Nearly a million people live in the city and surrounding area. Karadeniz Technical University hosts students from all over Turkey, as well as students from the Turkic states in Central Asia.

Levant Education Iraq Focus 2012/13

In 2009 the Government of Iraq launched an initiative to send 50, 000 Iraqi students on scholarship to the US, UK, Canada and Australia over the next 5 years. 

Iraq Education & Technology Summit in Dubai in February – click here for details. 

UK Education Tour returns to Iraq in April – click here for details. 

In the Kurdish Region in the north of Iraq, the Human Capacity Development Program in Higher Education (HCDP) aims to develop human capacities in the Kurdistan Region in the field of higher education. The annual budget for the programme is US$120 million.

Levant Education is aiming to support UK universities who wish to provide courses for sponsored students from the KRG region or Baghdad, and to provide a platform for Iraqi students to research options for study in the UK, both online and through our exhibitions. Scholarship students are already heading to the USA in large numbers.

Ultimately we hope to ensure that UK institutions receive a good proportion of scholarship students, from all parts of Iraq, as well as privately financed students. Our goals for 2012/13 include:

  • to bring UK universities and the Iraq Ministry of Higher Education & Research together to increase mutual understanding and cooperation
  • to work with the Iraqi Embassy in London and discuss student mobility to the UK
  • to work more closely with the Kurdish Regional Government in the UK an in Erbil to better serve the needs of the HCDP initiative
  • to promote UK HE to all Iraqi students, from every city in Iraq
  • to establish iraq.studybritish.com as a year-round source of information about UK study options
Students from Baghdad meet University of Huddersfield’s Andrew Mandebura in Erbil.

We have already led 3 delegations of UK universities to Iraq since October 2011. April 2013 will be our fourth UK Education Tour to northern Iraq, and we have established excellent relationships with KRG Ministers and UK Consulate officials to ensure that our events not only meet exhibitor requirements, but contribute towards the success of the local scholarship initiatives too. We are also building the Iraqi version of Studybritish.com to help promote UK education.

In 2013 we will focus on increasing opportunities for UK education in Iraq, including establishing better links to the Iraqi Higher Education Study Abroad scholarship programme.  Here is a summary of the basic requirements for Iraqi students to be eligible for such a scholarship.

Basic Requirements:

  • Iraqi citizen residing in Iraq for 2 years prior to scholarship application
  • Excellent record of academic achievement
  • Agree to return to Iraq to serve for the same number of years as years of study

2-year Program Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • High school graduate
  • Minimum baccalaureate score of 80%

4-year Program Scholarship eligibility requirements:

  • High school graduate
  • Top 10% of class
  • Less than 22 years of age

Masters/PhD

  • Completed undergraduate program
  • Top 10% of undergradate class

ALL fields of study and degrees are covered by this scholarship and will be considered.

Iraq Education & Technology Summit in Dubai in February – click here for details. 

UK Education Tour returns to Iraq in April – click here for details. 

Have a question / comment about reaching Iraqi students?