On a trip to Turkey, German Minister of State Monika Grütters and DW Director-General Peter Limbourg visited the IMS Master's program, a joint project by Istanbul University, DW Akademie and a German university partner.
"Deepening the German-Turkish friendship" – Minister of State Grütters with Dr Sezer (right) and Dr Kandemir
The IMS is a recent addition to Turkey's higher education programs. The Minister of State was impressed by both the project itself and the commitment by the Turkish and German partners, as well by the students' open-mindedness. "This journalism program is an important aspect of bilateral cooperation – not just for bringing civic and intellectual environments together, but for deepening the friendship between Turkey and Germany," said Grütters. Director-General Peter Limbourg got a first-hand look at the program and said he was also impressed by the groundbreaking project. "Turkey has a polarized media market, and that's why journalism training is essential for changing structures and ways of thinking," he said. "This way, people can be informed instead of polarized." Limbourg also pointed to the financial support from Germany's Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), saying the program would not otherwise have been possible.
First German-Turkish Master's program
Istanbul University's cooperation partners including Dr Hatice Tören, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences, Dr Ceyhan Kandemir, Head of the IMS program, and Dr Nülifer Sezer, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, reported positively on working with their German colleagues. "This is the only dual degree program at Istanbul University, and this alone makes it special," said Dr Sezer. "We very much appreciate the fact that Deutsche Welle has been working so closely with us and sharing its media expertise," she said.
New student Murat Dogusoy enthusiastically told the German delegates that she was attracted to the program by its diverse range of study options and unique combination of practical components and seminars. "And no other university in Turkey works together with a broadcasting company," added third semester student Pinar Celik. Both students said this had been decisive in applying for the German-Turkish IMS program.