Internationalization in higher education has a wide range of content which includes student mobility and academics, international connections, partnerships and projects, curriculum and research initiatives, branch campuses, governments' international development aid activities and the provision of higher education as a subject to international trade.
It has been observed that four approaches are frequently used regarding the concept of internationalization. These can be listed as mobility, competence, cultural structure and process. In order to measure the level of internationalization of the higher education system, a holistic assessment such as student mobility, curriculum, language of instruction, mobility of teaching staff, physical capacity adequacy, guidance services offered to international students, scholarship opportunities, tuition fees is needed to be done.
The compatibility of the higher education system of the country with other higher education systems both at the regional and global level is among the scope of internationalization strategies. Mersin University aims to increase its international recognition and its students and staff to specialize in different fields. In order to improve the quality of education and research and to provide international recognition, the studies required to develop the program, curriculum and lessons are continuing. Moreover, our university attaches great importance to student and staff mobility. It also aims to provide quality education and training to meet the needs of our institution, city and region. In this context, the Internationalization objectives of our University can be listed as below ;
Increasing the number of international students and staff
Attracting qualified teaching staff to our country with the reverse brain drain
Increasing international cooperation and participation in exchange program
Increasing accommodation opportunities for international students
Increasing the international cooperation potential of our universities
Increasing the international visibility of the higher education area
Increasing cooperation agreements with foreign governments and multinational institutions
One of the objectives of our institution is to increase the number of students and researchers / staff coming and going internationally. One of the works carried out in our institution to increase the number of international students and staff is Erasmus + Learning Mobility Program of Individuals in Higher Education KA 103. The aim of the program is to increase the quality and amount of education at the international level, and to acquire the quality and experience of international cooperation with students and staff through exchange programs and international projects.
Our university has 299 bilateral agreements with various universities of EU member countries within the scope of the program carried out by Erasmus Office. These agreements are renewed every year and the number of agreements is increasing over the years. These agreements are renewed every year and the number of agreements is increasing over the years. In this context, our students benefit from education and internship mobility, and our institution's academic and administrative staff benefit from education and teaching mobility. Students from institutions with which we have an agreement abroad come to our institution by making use of their learning mobility. Academic and administrative staff from EU member countries visit our institution for teaching and training activities.
As part of the Erasmus program, the International Credit Mobility Program (KA107) is implemented, which enables the exchange of students and staff with countries other than EU member countries and contributes to the increase in the number of exchange students in recent years. In this context, it is thought that increasing the number of bilateral cooperation and projects will contribute to increasing cooperation and number of participants in the field of student and staff mobility change in an important way. Strategic partnerships that will be established with the increase of KA 107 projects will help us to develop a more flexible, innovative and sustainable curriculum. Increasing the number of bilateral agreements and projects within the scope of KA107 program is important for our internationalization strategy.
Another activity carried out in our institution is the Mevlana Exchange Program. Within the scope of this activity, which is implemented by the criteria of the Council of Higher Education, student exchanges are made within the framework of agreements with higher education institutions in various countries of the world.