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Emulating Erasmus? Turkey’s Mevlana exchange program in higher education


  • Gözde Yılmaz

    () (Atılım University)


In today’s world, globalization and internationalization of education necessitate new initiatives to catch the new era. Turkey, as a country in between the east and the west, attempts to do so through its recent exchange program in higher education. Interestingly, Turkey’s Mevlana exchange program as an ambitious project in higher education denotes an instance of policy transfer: taking the EU model (i.e., Erasmus) and slightly adjusting it to the national circumstances. This article unpacks Turkey’s Mevlana program to demonstrate the process of policy transfer by focusing on different questions posed within the policy transfer literature. It argues that Mevlana is drawn from Erasmus, and it is created as a tool of soft power that is increasingly exercised by Turkey due to its changing focus within the Turkish foreign policy of 2000s.

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  • Gözde Yılmaz, 2019. "Emulating Erasmus? Turkey’s Mevlana exchange program in higher education," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 145-159, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:asiaeu:v:17:y:2019:i:2:d:10.1007_s10308-017-0497-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s10308-017-0497-y

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