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Monday, December 1, 2014

University of Windsor looking to strengthen ties overseas

The Windsor Star/Dave Waddell

University of Windsor president/vice-chancellor Alan Wildeman is part of a 10-person delegation travelling to Turkey this week to forge closer academic and research ties with that country.

The delegation will arrive in Turkey Tuesday to kick off two days of meetings in Ankara and Istanbul with representatives from Turkish universities, research councils and government officials.

“We’re already beginning to establish contacts with Turkish universities,” Wildeman said. “It allows us opportunities to explore collaborating in research and student exchanges. It’s an opportunity to help build Windsor’s brand.”

Seven Ontario universities and the Council of Ontario Universities will be represented on the trip. The group will be back before the end of the week.

Wildeman said the trip fits with the university’s vision that already sees more than 2,500 international students on campus. With 16 per cent of students coming from outside Canada, the University of Windsor already boasts one of the largest international student bodies in Ontario.

“We have some Turkish students on campus, but I expect we’ll attract more out of this trip,” Wildeman said. “We have relationships with a number of universities around the world, and this is another opportunity for exchanges for our own students.”

Wildeman said he got the opportunity to fly Windsor’s flag on the trip as a result of several conversations with Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation. Moridi will join the delegation on the trip and will give a speech to Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board.

“It’s an opportunity to inform universities and students about the University of Windsor, but it’s also an opportunity to make them more aware of the city of Windsor,” Wildeman said. “We sell our location, the community that lives here and that it’s a great place to live.”

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