Office of International Relations

Internationalization Policy

Istanbul Health and Technology University (ISTUN) aims to be one of the leading universities in the region, in Europe, and in the world by 2030. As a new-generation higher education institution, ISTUN is aware that we live in a global world in which knowledge, knowledge seekers, and knowledge providers are found across borders. Anyone can be anywhere, not only with a ticket but also with a click. This fact has been a huge game changer in higher education for the last decades.

“Globalization” or “melting in the same pot” is a concept that is not only appreciated today, but has been in the past, too. For instance, most Greek and Muslim philosophers used to travel outside of their region and to explore what was beyond their territories. Internationalization might never have been easier than it is today, but surely it has been practiced and valued for a long period of time. What has made today’s scientific heritage possible was the practice of internationalization not only at the individual, but also at the communal level. When we look at the so-called Golden Ages of the human history, e.g., the rise of the Islamic civilization, the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, etc., we see that they all coincide with a search for the truth on a global level. Greek heritage was protected and elaborated in the early days of Islam, and when it travelled to Europe, “Rebirth” was taking place. The non-stop travel of knowledge enables us to gather various ideas from different cultures which may result in unprecedented developments both in the arts and in science. With this in mind, ISTUN values internationalization as one of its top priorities. Accordingly, ISTUN has launched international accreditation processes along with a strategic development and planning program even before it has opened its doors to its students.

ISTUN aims to become one of the top higher education institutions in the world by taking several steps and actions:

  • Internationalization of the programs and curricula through the Bologna Process;
  • Internationalization of the library resources through subscription to international databases;
  • Internationalization of the campus through the admission of international students (ratio 1:2) and by joining the ERASMUS mobility programs;
  • Internationalization of academic and administrative staff through the employment of international members;
  • Internationalization of research institutions through global collaborations.

ISTUN will open its doors to international students in the fall of 2021 and it eagerly awaits applicants from all around the world. Come and join us in the “Global Village”!

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