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View the full event seminar programme for ICEF Eurasia 2023, where we welcome guest speakers and panellists discussing and debating the latest issues in international education. The seminars will take place on March 13th between 14:00 and 19:00.


14:00 – 14:25 | Attending an ICEF event: A guide for agents, educators and service providers

🎤 Speakers

Ross Holmes, Executive Director, Digital Services, ICEF
Nick Stevenson, Director, EMEA, ICEF

📝 Description

This session will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of your participation at ICEF events in general and ICEF Eurasia in particular.

The session will cover the following topics:

- Preparation prior to the event
- How to maximise your time during the event
- Post-event follow-up and agent contracts
- How to maximise the working relationship between agents, service providers and educators

14:30 – 15:25 | Panel discussion: the growing demand among Turkish students for international education opportunities

🎤 Speakers

Canan Severoglu, Founder & Vice President, G.E.O. Global Education Organisation, The Association of International Educational Counsellors Turkey (UED)
Engin Cosar, Managing Director & Partner, Academix Study Abroad Services, a2 Student Fairs
Gözde Gürsoy, General Secretary, Association of Study Abroad Counsellors, YEDAB
Seher Neöz (moderator), Business Development Manager, ICEF

📝 Description

Demand for studying abroad from Turkish students has been consistently growing, amplified by the large inflow of student refugees that begin their lives in Turkey.
Favourable study destinations for these students include Germany, the US, the UK and Canada among others. As student numbers grow, their demands are diversifying and issues like visas, work and study possibilities as well as a welcoming environment are the key issues Turkish students care about.

This session delves into the main motivators and expectations of Turkish students aiming to study abroad; as well as highlight the hurdles Turkish students face in their aspiration for an international education.

15:30 – 15:55 | The evolution of testing solutions in international education

🎤 Speaker

Ilayda Turhan, Marketing Coordinator, ETS Global B.V.

📝 Description

In this presentation the evolution of home-testing will be explored. Particularly the journey from paper, to computer, the internet to home testing. Highlighting the discoveries that were made in this path alongside future prospects in this domain.

16:30 – 17:25 | Recruiting from Central Asia and the Caucasus: a region with great potential

🎤 Speakers

Temur Mukhammedov, Founder, Imperial Consulting
Liliya Issina, Primary Decision Maker, Langberry
Elvin Garabayli, Primary Decision Maker, Study Inter
Bolushbek Abdyzhaparov, General Director, World of Education
Sergey Krasnyanskiy (moderator), Director, CIS, ICEF

📝 Description

Although Central Asian states including the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have different development levels, they enjoy a shared history. Having been part of the Soviet Union, educational traditions continued up until recently where outbound numbers were highest to the Russian Federation and Turkey. Now, there are many more factors influencing study destination choice and students in this region are eager to explore beyond traditional markets.

In this session, the aim is to shed a new light on the Central Asian market, by exploring student mobility beyond traditional channels; whilst at the same time highlighting the barriers students and university institutions in the region face including: funding, lack of scholarships and a disruptive visa system.

17:30 – 18:25 | What do the most prominent study destinations offer to Eurasian students?

🎤 Speakers

Vefa Atag, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada
Samy Thiyagarajan, Co-Founder & COO, Coracle GmbH
Nilgün Yalçın Felchner, Regional Insight & Engagement Lead, Wider Europe, British Council
Ross Holmes (moderator), Executive Director, Digital Services, ICEF

📝 Description

In this session government representatives and service providers will present on what the most prominent study destinations offer to students from Eurasia.

Each perspective will cover particular domains, including travel and health insurance, visas, study partnerships and work possibilities alongside studies.

18:30 – 18:55 | Internationalisation of higher education in Turkey

🎤 Speaker

Güner Gürsoy, Consultant to Universities & Agencies in Turkey, OK Tamam Grup Turizm, Turkey

📝 Description
Turkey's efforts to foster an inclusive and international orientated academic environment in the past ten years have resulted in the number of international students surpassing the 250.000 mark. 

With trends revealing an ever progressing market, in this presentation the factors and processes that have contributed to the internationalisation of higher education in Turkey will be explored. The presentation aims to underline how to build a network of effective partnerships with Turkish Universities and the main agencies in Turkey.