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Forum will present highlights of IU delegation's trips to Turkey and Saudi Arabia

  • Oct. 31, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Recent trips by Indiana University delegations to Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be the topic of a forum being presented by IU Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret.

The program will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Presidents Hall, located within Franklin Hall. The event will be streamed live and archived for later viewing at

The IU School of Global and International Studies is co-sponsoring the event.

Following Zaret's talk, there will be opportunities for questions and informal conversation with members of the IU delegation.

"Vital to IU’s global mission is the opportunity that these visits provide to talk directly with our university partners, so we can get a deeper understanding of the most promising cooperative efforts that can develop between us," Zaret said. "I have valued the chance to meet with our alums around the world. Many have achieved positions of authority and power, and we should be proud of the durability of their interest in and commitment to IU."

In September, Zaret accompanied IU President Michael A. McRobbie on a historic weeklong visit to Turkey, where he met with the nation's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and two of his three children who are IU graduates. IU formalized new partnership agreements with two of Turkey’s top-ranked universities and strengthened connections to several others. The university also explored opportunities to open a third global gateway office, which would serve as a central location for IU activities in Turkey.

In October, McRobbie, Zaret and another IU delegation visited Saudi Arabia, where a friendship agreement was signed with the premier institution of higher education in the Kingdom, King Saud University.

As in Turkey, McRobbie met with Saudi governmental leaders and business officials, including some who are IU alumni. Objectives for both trips included furthering IU's educational reach internationally; increased academic and research opportunities for the university's students and faculty; and strengthening one of its most effective global partnerships. The group continued on to India for the IU India Office dedication.

The trip to Turkey is recounted in detail in the blog IU Goes to Turkey, and highlights from the visit to Saudi Arabia and India can be found in the blog IU Inc.

Those planning to attend the forum are encouraged to email by Tuesday. 

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Among the highlights of the trip to Turkey was an alumni reception in Istanbul.

Among the highlights of the trip to Turkey was an alumni reception in Istanbul.

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