Erciyes University (ErU), Kayseri, Turkey 17 – 21.06.2019
Dear Erasmus+ Universities,
It is our pleasure to invite teaching and non-teaching staff to participate our 1st International Week “Meeting at the Cradle of Civilizations”.
You can share your knowledge and skills among all participants while experiencing cultural environment at ErU in June, 2019. Beyond the topical presentations, you will have opportunities to share experiences with peers from a wide range of higher education institutions.
The highlights are:
- ErU's Roaring Sides & Institutions & Projects
- Social Programme (Visiting cultural & Natural Places)
- Integrating international students- International cooperation Opportunities
There is no fee for the international week, accommodation will be provided by our university, and participants are expected to cover their travel expenses. The participants are limited to 20.
The international week will take place on the ErU Main Campus.
We are welcoming you to join our week!
Erciyes University was established under the name of Kayseri University in 1978. Gevher Nesibe Faculty of Medicine was established as an affiliate of Hacettepe University in 1969, and Kayseri Faculty of Business was established in 1977; these two academic units formed the core of the Kayseri University. In 1982 Kayseri University incorporated with two higher education institutions: Kayseri High Islamic Institute which was established in 1967, and Kayseri State Academy of Architecture and Engineering which was established in 1977. The additions to Kayseri University served as the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Engineering and the name of the university was changed to Erciyes University. The name of the university was inspired by Mt Erciyes (3916 m), which lies 15 kilometers to the south-west of the city. Mt Erciyes is one of Turkey's most influential winter sports centers. Today, Erciyes University consists of 19 faculties, 1 colleges, 2 vocational schools, 7 institutes, 6 departments and more than 39 research centers. The highly developed research hospital consisted of more that 1,500 beds with a general hospital (Gevher Nesibe Hospital) as well as Heart and Vascular Diseases Hospital, Organ Transplant and Dialysis Hospital, Oncology Hospital, Children's Hospital and Bone Marrow Transplantation and Stem Cell Therapy Center are among the most influential health facilities in the region.
Upon the endowment of Erciyes University, the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Literature and Sciences were already providing education. As the university grew the following faculties were formulated into the educational structure: Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1992, Yozgat Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in 1995, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Yozgat Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and Yozgat Faculty of Science in 1995, Nevsehir Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Communication in 1997, Faculty of Education in 2002, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Pharmacy in 2003 and Develi Seyrani Faculty of Agriculture in 2005.
The colleges that provide a four year education are as follows: College of Physical Education and Sports, Kayseri Atatürk College of Health Sciences, College of Civil Aviation, School of Foreign Languages, College of Tourism and Hotel Management, Nevşehir College of Tourism and Hotel Management, Nevsehir College of Health and Yozgat College of Health Sciences. The vocational colleges that provide a 2-year education are: Kayseri Vocational College, Halil Bayraktar Health Services Vocational College, Safiye Çıkrıkçıoğlu Vocational College, Kocasinan Vocational College, Social Sciences Vocational College, Nevşehir Vocational College, Yozgat Vocational College and Develi Vocational College. The faculties, colleges and vocational colleges of Erciyes University that were endowed on the Yozgat campus joined Yozgat Bozok University which was established in 2006; the faculties, colleges and vocational colleges that were endowed on the Nevşehir campus were joined to Nevşehir University which was established in 2007.
In 2010, Erciyes University Faculty of Science and Literature separated and became their own faculties. Also, Atatürk Health College was converted into the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Faculty of Civil Aviation and Space Sciences ; and College of Applied Sciences was established in 2012. The College of Tourism and Hotel Management was converted to the Faculty of Tourism in 2013.
During the 2015-2016 academic year there were more than 60.000 students in various levels of education (associate, bachelors, masters and doctorate) with a rich academic staff consisting of more than 2.350 personnel.
Since 1984 graduate education at Erciyes University has become quite important. Currently there are 9.000 MSc students and 1.500 PhD students that are receiving education at the Institutes of Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Educational Sciences, Atatürk's Principles and History of Turkish Revolution and Gevher Nesibe History of Medicine .
Erciyes University has been able to integrate education, research and health services all on one campus. An important part of the infrastructure at Erciyes University is that a large portion of the buildings were built and donated to the university by the local benefactors . Some of our benfactors also furnished the buildings and provided equipment. Such a convenance has created a fairly new model for our country. In recent years, Erciyes University has shown great progress with the important developemnts and has the ability to be a center of excellence . Due to these recent developments, our university has emerged the image "Our University" in our community by giving confidence and hope for future developments.
Kayseri – a city in Central Anatolia – formerly called Mazaka afterwards also Kaisareia (lt. Caesarea), named after the Roman emperor Tiberius can be divided in five metropolitan districts: Kocasinan, Melikgazi, Hacılar, İncesu and Talas. Because of its extinct volcano Mount Erciyes, rich culture as well as economy it is often used in the context of Anatolian Tigers. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, as of 2014 the province of Kayseri had a population of 1,322,376.
In the history Kayseri was under the rule of Byzantine Empire. 1082 it was conquered by the Danishmends, a turkmen dynasty. During the first crusade Godfrey of Boullion temporary occupied the territory from 1096 to 1099. In the 12th and 13th century Kayseri experienced by the Seljuq dynasty his bloom. In the following period it became Mongolian and from 1468 Ottoman. The subsequent times of peace allowed a cultural and financial boom in Kayseri.
Kayseri has dry summer continental climate with cold snowy winters and very warm, dry summers with cool nights due to Kayseri’s high elevation.
One of the most famous things in the culture of Kayseri are the air-dried beef ham Pastırma, the garlic sausage Sucuk and the filled dumplings Mantı. Besides the Mount Erciyes, that welcomes all ski-freaks, is the Mount Ali also a quality for the city. There is the Kadir Has Stadium for all sportspersons too, within about 33,000 places, and the Atatürk Sport Centre with a swimming pool, sport saloon, football ground and three tennis courts. The both shopping centres Forum Kayseri and Kayseripark are an excellent option to get out with friends and family.
Places worth seeing
The Mount Erciyes –Erciyes Dağı– is, with its 3,916 metres, the highest mountain in central Anatolia. Its name comes from the ancient Greek and is translated in Latin with Argaeus. Erciyes is located in item ancient region of Cappadocia. The first ascent of Erciyes was conducted by William John Hamilton, an English geologist, in 1837. In the huge area of Mount Erciyes you can find various hotels to stay, restaurants to eat typical foods from the kitchen of Kayseri and a large surface to do almost all skiing.[25 km away from the city centre]
Cappadocia - Peri Bacaları, the famous rock cones of Göreme, which predominantly occured by the volcanic eruption of Erciyes, are arranged in Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a historical region largely in Nevşehir, Kayseri, Aksaray and Niğde.[70 km away from the city centre]
The Yamula Dam –Yamula Barajı– is also located in the provincial city Kayseri near to the river Kızılırmak. There are lots of possibilities to do, such as having a nice picnic, to go fishing or just enjoying the great and natural atmosphere over there.[25 km away from the city centre]
The Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls are located in the district of Yahyalı. It has the special feature to be the second highest waterfall of the world. Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls are one of the best stops in the trekking area in Alacadağlar. Upstream and downstream from the waterfalls are small villages, where you can find peculiar family-run restaurants with fresh, grilled fish and local vegetables on the menu. Furthermore camping is one of the best ideas you can fulfil in the area of Kapuzbaşı Waterfalls.[144 km away from the city centre]
The Zamantı River is one of the longest and most important tributary located in the district of Kayseri, called Pınarbaşı. It is also a favourite place for people who want to do rafting.[89 km away from the city centre]
Mazakaland, an amusement park for the whole family and young people is a great place to have endless fun. You can find roller coaster and a lot of other funny things. There is also an ice rink a zoo to visit.[7 km away from the city centre]
Finally we can surely say that Kayseri is anything but boring.
Presentation of ERU and Kayseri/Turkey
|Short Campus Tour
|20.00 -22.00||Welcome Dinner|
|Introduction of Erasmus+ Facilities of ERU (Outgoing students/agreement etc. )|
|Internalization policy of ERU and opportunities for incoming students|
|12.00 – 13.30||Lunch|
|Presentations of Participant (Optional)|
|Individual visits to faculties and research centres|
|12.00 – 13.30||Lunch|
|Presentations of different departments|
The Erkilet International Airport is a short distance from the center of Kayseri. So it takes you only one hour to go by plane to Istanbul. The city is also connected to the rest of country with railway service. There are lots of trips during a day to almost all Turkish cities. Because of the central location of Kayseri the car and bus transportation are highly efficient. By way of example it takes three hours to reach Ankara and 45 minutes to arrive Cappadocia.
Transportation in Kayseri
Kayseri is a major transport nexus for the region and the public transportation system in Kayseri is quite modern. Transportation in Kayseri is quite active and easy. Kayseri is the active traffic line of our country and the Central Anatolia Region; for this reason, you can arrive in Kayseri quickly. You can arrive by highway. It is easy to provide transportation by intercity terminal. Upon your arrival to the terminal, if the transportation company you have preferred has local minibus opportunities (that is; a lot of companies have this opportunity), it is easy for you to go to city center, university, dormitories and places of destinations by these minibuses. It is also comfortable to arrive in Kayseri by airlines. When you arrive at Erkilet Airport, you can get on public buses when you come out of the airport. Thanks to these opportunities, you can reach city center easily. If you arrive in Kayseri by railway, the station is very close to the State Hospital. You can go to the city center on foot for nearly 20 minutes or by using the bus station which serves actively next to the railway station.
Erciyes University provides the participants accomodation for free at the Guest House of the university. In order to see our guest house please click here.
For the participants, who wants to stay at hotels in the city centre, we recommend the hotels below:
- Radisson Blu Hotel Kayseri
- Hilton Kayseri
- Novotel Kayseri
- İbis Hotel Kayseri
- Holiday Inn Hotel Kayseri
Adres:Erciyes University Foreign Relations Office 38039, Kayseri/TURKEY
Telefon:0090 352 437 5820 / 10081
Fax:0090 352 437 3874