BIRMINGHAM City University (BCU) is strengthening its international links by creating a new international network for education and research with Istanbul Aydin University.

Following a visit to the UK earlier this month Dr Mustafa Aydin, board of trustees at Istanbul Aydin University, agreed a formal arrangement with BCU to encourage collaboration between the two institutions.

The visit included a tour and discussion at the university’s faculty of technology, engineering and the environment and a visit to the school of art and school of jewellery.

Dr Aydin was able to see first hand the work that BCU students are involved in and his visit culminated in a meeting with BCU Vice-Chancellor Professor David Tidmarsh, where a formal collaboration agreement was signed.

The relationship will see the two universities work closer on a range of initiatives including academic and student exchanges, summer study abroad programmes, joint seminars, conferences, workshops and joint and dual degree projects.

Parmila Murria, assistant director of the international office at Birmingham City University, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for global engagement with a strategic partner. Istanbul Aydin University has existing links across Europe, the Americas and Asia, which offer a truly international experience for their students.

“This new opportunity will both extend Birmingham City University’s reach and support globalisation of the curriculum and student experience.”

Dr Aydin said: “We are delighted with this collaboration which will, undoubtedly, be a very good opportunity for our students.

“We intend to create sustainable relations with a number of Birmingham City University’s faculties, including Birmingham City Business School, the faculty of technology, engineering and environment and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.”