Wageningen University and the newly opened agricultural faculty of Nigde University in Turkey would like to work together. On 26 May 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr. Martin Scholten, Member of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR, and Prof. Dr. Adnan Görür, rector of Niğde University.
Ambitions of Niğde FAST and Wageningen UniversityThe ambition of Wageningen University and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies of Niğde University (Niğde FAST) is to set up joint education and research projects. The two universities state in the memorandum of understanding that they want to offer bachelor and master students the opportunity to follow courses in Wageningen as well as at Niğde. Those graduates will then receive a 'double degree'; a degree with the names of both institutions stated on it. Other ambitions are to set up 'double degree' PhD positions and to encourage the exchange of students and staff between the two universities.
Before this level of cooperation can be achieved, both organisations first need to align a number of things. The memorandum of understanding states, for example, that they will have to come to an agreement on the learning objectives, teaching methods and quality of the programmes.
Talks on cooperation started in 2012. In August 2013 the parties already signed a 'Expression of Interest' and since then there have been two workshops in which the joint ambitions were explored. The outcomes of the workshops led to the drafting of the MoU.
A bilateral steering committee is taking it from here. The steering committee consists of Prof. Dr. Murat Alp, Prof. Dr. Zafer Ulutas and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ozgen from Niğde University and Dr. Martin Scholten, Prof. Dr. Johan van Arendonk and Prof. Dr. Tiny van Boekel of Wageningen University.