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(EDU) TURKISH UNIVERSITY SIGNS COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH MIT BUSINESS SCHOOL.

ISTANBUL, Jan 21, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's Sabanci University on Friday signed a cooperation agreement with MIT Sloan School of Management.

The five-year collaboration between MIT Sloan and Sabanci School of Management includes classes and other training for executive MBA students in Cambridge and presentations by MIT Sloan Faculty at Sabanci's campus in Istanbul, said a statement posted on Sabanci University's website.

The joint venture takes a practice-oriented approach to management, which is one of the hallmarks of MIT Sloan and reflects Sabanci?s approach to education for practical application, the statement said.

"As a leading educational institution in an exciting and rapidly developing region, Sabanci University was an excellent choice for MIT Sloan's first collaboration in Eastern Europe and the Middle East," said David C. Schmittlein, Dean of MIT Sloan.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to engage with Sabanci's outstanding faculty and students with the shared and mutually beneficial goal of transforming global management practice."

Sabanci University Board of Trustees Chair Guler Sabanc said, "I hope this cooperation between MIT Sloan and Sabanci University is the first step towards greater achievements. This cooperation will make the Sabanci School of Management a center of excellence and attraction, and a management school that has great influence across the region. This brings additional responsibilities to us all. We have confidence in the support of the Turkish business world, and believe that global companies investing in Turkey and the near region will utilize the resources provided by this cooperation to the maximum possible extent."

As part of the collaboration, each year nearly 50 Executive MBA students from Sabanci SOM will spend two weeks on an educational exchange program at MIT Sloan. Students will visit companies in the Boston area, attend lectures from MIT Sloan faculty, and complete a Global Business Project in conjunction with MIT Sloan's Leadership Center.

In addition, the collaboration makes Sabanci MBA students eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Science in Management Studies degree program at MIT Sloan.

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