German Turkish University established

“On 22 October 2010 [Germany’s] Federal President Christian Wulff and [Turkey’s] President Abdullah Gül jointly laid the foundation stone for the new University. The Turkish President had previously appointed Prof. Ziya Şanal its first President, thereby officially founding the University. During his visit to Ankara in January 2010, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had emphasized that the German-Turkish University was something in which he took a keen personal interest, adding: “We believe it is important the University embarks on teaching activities as soon as possible.”

Courses are due to begin at the University’s initially five faculties in autumn 2011. The planned faculties are: law, natural science, engineering, humanities and cultural studies, economics and social science. The University will offer Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees. These qualifications, as well as the curricula and associated quality assurance, are to be based on European education standards (the Bologna Process). German-Turkish courses aimed at fostering intercultural cooperation will be the University’s special hallmark. Students will also have the option of earning German degrees and learning the German language.

The German-Turkish University hopes to cooperate closely with Turkish and German companies. It aims to meet the growing need for well-trained specialists in Turkey, whose economy is experiencing dynamic growth.

The Turkish side will provide land, buildings and infrastructure and assume the recurring costs. The University hopes to cater for up to 5000 students in the medium term.

German contributions include, among other things, the secondment of senior and junior lecturers, the development of curricula and the provision of equipment and materials for the planned new language centre.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing major support to help make the German-Turkish University a reality. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is responsible for coordination among the participating German universities.”

For further information, see the original posting on the German Foreign Office site. This university is one result of the Ernst Reuter Initiative for Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding, between Turkey and Germany.

Erasmus Mundus grant to Hong Kong Polytechnic

“The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has received another strong boost to achieve further internationalization with the award of South East Asia’s first Erasmus Mundus (EM) Mobility Grant of nearly €1.4 million by the European Commission. The grant will support a large-scale scholarly exchange involving nine universities in Europe and South East Asia and greatly benefit faculty members and postgraduate students.

EM is a flagship European Commission programme promoting international education. The successful application for the EM Mobility Grant is the joint effort of a consortium partnership consisting of nine higher education institutions across Europe and South East Asian countries, with PolyU’s Faculty of Humanities as the initiating institution and the coordinator in South East Asia, and Université de Provence as the overall coordinator and coordinator in Europe.

The grant of nearly €1.4 million will be allocated to successful applicants of the nine consortium partners in a project titled “MULTI – Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Linguistic approaches to Transition and Identity”. This project, which will span for about three years, aims to address the linguistic, cultural and technological aspects of multilingualism and to understand the impact of multilingualism in both European Union and South East Asia societies.

With the support of EM grant, more than 80 students at postgraduate level or above and faculty members from PolyU as well as other eight higher education institutions in Europe and South East Asia will be selected to participate in the scholarly exchanges at a host university funded by the European Commission.

PolyU is expected to send forth a total of 13 postgraduate level or above students and staff to undertake an exchange programme that will last for 1-12 months. The grant will cover their travel costs, monthly allowance, and tuition fees for participants to study at partner universities in Europe and South East Asia.

The nine universities in the consortium partnership include Université de Provence (France), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK), City University London (UK), Università di Pisa (Italy), Universität des Saarlandes (Germany), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and University of Macau (Macau).”

For further details, see the original press release from PolyU.

Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities

Symposium on ASIA-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)
April 8, 2011 Friday
Call For Papers and Presentations
Topic Areas: All areas of arts and humanities, business, information sciences, education, social sciences are invited

The Kennesaw State University (KSU) Asian Studies Program announces the Call for Papers and Presentations on a new global interdisciplinary Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities.  The goal of this conference is to share ideas in a unique format which addresses the interests of scholars, practitioners, and administrators in working together between the USA and Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea and India. This symposium will serve as a platform for governments, universities and corporate entities to address critical strategic needs of the businesses they intend to serve in Asia and the U.S. Speakers from multinational companies with operations in Asia and the USA will be present, as well as academicians to discuss both domestic and global concerns between these nations. Diplomats and policy makers from China, Japan, Korea, India and the U.S. will be present at the conference as well. Dr. Jagdish Sheth, renowned scholar and world authority in the field of marketing, will be the featured dinner keynote speaker.
The theme of the 2011 conference is: Globalization and Asia-USA partnership
Consistent with the theme of the Conference, the submitted papers and presentations are expected to address the following questions:
1. Given the future global political, business and cultural climate, what changes in common business and operational processes and practices are required to create and sustain a competitive advantage for Asian-owned companies in the USA?
2. What are the challenges and opportunities American businesses need to pay attention to when doing business in Asia or with Asians?
3. What do companies need to understand about the interplay among governments, politics, cultures, and business practices in Asian societies?
4. What actions should be taken by businesses, academic institutions and governments to be more proactive as well as responsive to the complexities characterized by this Globalized Era?

The following represent some of the paper and presentation topics of interest:
*Identification of current opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
*Exploration of processes and practices of managing multinational corporations
*Examination of governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
*Knowledge and skills of intercultural practice in successful business relationships
*Theories and emergent research on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
*Corporate Social Responsibility in American and Asian contexts
*Opportunities for non-profit organizations between Asia and the U.S.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
1. One page abstract of 250-300 words to be submitted by January 15, 2011: Full paper submission by March 1, 2011.
2. Abstracts should be sent to asianstudies@kennesaw.edu.
3. Subject line of the email, indicate 2011 SAUPO Conference Paper Abstract  where “X† stands for the letter that specifies the primary theme or category for your paper as described below.
4. Primary theme or category for your paper and presentations (choose one):
A. Opportunities, challenges, and threats in creating and sustaining competitive advantages
B. Processes and practices of managing various sized businesses
C. Governmental policies toward businesses and specific industries
D. Intercultural communications in successful business relationships
E. Theories and practices on the interplay between businesses, governments, and politics
F. International or global education
G. Other Emphasis

Selected papers from the conference may be eligible for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets (JEKEM). If you would like to have your paper considered for publication in JEKEM, please submit the full manuscript of the paper by 15th January 2011. Manuscripts must be prepared by SMA Style Guidelines. Manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed for acceptance according to JEKEM procedures. Please indicate in the email submission of your abstract if you would like your manuscript to be considered for publication in JEKEM.
Note: At least one author of each accepted paper (abstract) must attend the conference and present the paper.
The location of the conference at Kennesaw State University, located outside Metro Atlanta, Georgia, serves as an ideal venue for such a gathering of this momentous scale.
Questions regarding the Call for Papers may be directed to:
Dr. Leila Borders (aborder4@kennesaw.edu, Dr. Sarasij Majumder (smajumde@kennesaw.edu), or Dr. Guichun Zong (gzong@kennesaw.edu), Co-Chairs of the Program Committee
More information about the conference can be found at www.kennesaw.edu

[originally posted to CRTNET by Heeman Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Rd. Mail Drop #2207, Kennesaw, GA 30144, Tel. 678.797.2078, Fax. 770.423.6740, email: hkim21@kennesaw.edu]

International Opportunities: NCA mini-conference

“International Opportunities for Scholars in Communication and Related Disciplines”

Report of a mini-conference held as part of the
National Communication Association Conference,
November 2010, San Francisco, United States

Report prepared by Grant Hannis
Convenor and chair of the mini-conference
(g.d.hannis@massey.ac.nz)

“Over recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of universities outside the US offering Communication and Journalism courses. This growth has taken place, for instance, in the Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Canada. Such internationalization presents opportunities for US Communication scholars to seek funding to teach and conduct research in other countries and for foreign Communication scholars to do likewise in the US.

A mini-conference on this topic was held on November 14-16, 2010, as part of the National Communication Association conference in San Francisco. The mini-conference invited contributions from scholars who had worked in foreign countries—including the benefits they derived from the experience, any pitfalls to avoid, and what advice they would offer others. The mini-conference also invited contributions from those who fund such travel.

The mini-conference was convened by Grant Hannis, the head of journalism as Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Hannis spent the second half of 2010 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, teaching and conducting research at San Francisco State University.

Six presenters spoke at the mini-conference and answered questions from the floor. This report summarizes the presentations, incorporating the presenters’ responses to questions. All the presenters are happy to be contacted, should you have further questions.”

Report of the NCA Mini-conference

A slideshow with photos of the 6 presenters follows.

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