• ERASMUS+


    Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

    Turkish Air Force Academy (TUAFA) is a military educational establishment that supports the highest level educational activities, constructs academic coordination activities with various national and international higher education institutions and aims to constantly improve the level of its education. TUAFA offers education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The graduate and undergraduate curriculums of the TUAFA are continuously updated according to the current needs and these programs are prepared in coordination with other universities' related departments. In case of the planned educational activities with European Union Member Countries, involving faculty member or student exchange programs, contractual agreement with the partner institutions will be signed according to the Bologna Process principles and the responsibilities in these contractual agreements will be followed. TUAFA will primarily intensify in the faculty member and student exchange activities. All the universities holding the Erasmus University Charter and having a well-matched curriculum with the TUAFA considered for a possible future cooperation.

    According to Military Training Cooperation Agreements signed with friend and allied countries, students from a wide range of countries are being admitted to our academy right after 1992-1993 Academic Year. The international students currently enrolled to our academy are from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Jordan and South Korea. TUAFA has been sending a student to South Korea Air Force Academy each year to attend undergraduate studies for a BS degree. Some TUAFA faculty joined collaborative projects with the other countries' universities. In this education, no discriminations involving religion, language, race, nationality and sex are applied and there will not be any discriminations in the future.

    As we value European Education Programs and in order to function within the greater framework of Europe's university system, we have implemented the principles of the Bologna Process. ECTS compatible course catalogues and learning outcomes for all faculties and departments are already prepared. We are building our infrastructure for the usage of ECTS as a blueprint to ensure transparency and help us to achieve comprehensive academic standards. These standards ensure that we can provide our students with appropriate documentation, such as Diploma Supplements.

    TUAFA gives a high importance in increasing academic and scientific relations with the institutions of the EU countries while accession and integration process going on. The European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the 21 European countries including TUAFA. EUAFA has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training. EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training. Coordination meetings have been being held among the Superintendents of the EUAFA as well as TUAFA once in each subsequent year.

    Together with this, our priority is to encourage our students and academic staff for participating in exchange and other LLP activities. Together with the Mobility, hosting a valuable number of exchange students and academic staff, also match our goal of learning by sharing. Interaction with students from differing backgrounds will, we believe, enhance the quality of their experiences at TUAFA, both socially and academically. We will also try to ensure the infrastructure to offer Intensive Turkish Courses for all incoming students to TUAFA. Recently, we have 4 HEI Agreements in education (Delft /Netherlands, Von Karman/Belgium, Cranfield/England and The Royal Academy/Belgium) and 3 HEI Agreements in research (QB50, Designing Safety Relevant Embedded Systems (DeSRE) and Milimeter Wave Airborne Synthetic Aperture RADAR for Environmental Monitoring (MILAS)) with European Universities and Institutes. The staff who study for these projects are financially supported for practical arrangements (travel, accommodation, etc.). In some NATO military projects we have member researchers from TUAFA. The organization (meetings and accommodation) and practical arrangements are financially supported. TUAFA also has one cooperation (double diploma) agreement with a non-EU (Old Dominion University/USA) university.

    In TUAFA, undergraduate students are not charged for eating, accommodation, library, sports facilities, internet etc... Following the achievement of EUC, all the necessary information is being updated in the TUAFA's web page continuously, so that all the member institutions or people may easily achieve them.

    TUAFA will show the utmost effort and care in providing the highest quality in instructor and student exchange in ERASMUS cooperated in projects. Exchange students may be provided with free accommodation including food expenses and Turkish classes on further agreements. All ERASMUS projects will be quality based rather than quantity and productive and beneficial activities will be preferred. In the TUAFA a proactive approach will be adopted to prevent any possible problems. A fair and transparent selection procedure will be implied while selecting the instructors and the students for the exchange. Constant communication with the national agency will be established in every activity. The web page of our institution will be constantly updated by the addition of informative sections about ERASMUS activities, whereby keeping the cadets and teaching staff abreast with every activity conducted. The undergraduate and graduate diplomas given to the TUAFA graduates are nationally and internationally recognized. Therefore graduates may continue higher academic studies in other universities. Exchange students will be provided with ECTS credited transcripts, an info package and orientation training. Counseling service and academic program information is given to those students going abroad from the TUAFA. TUAFA encourage the teaching staff for organizing multilateral and IP projects. Recently, we have 4 HEI Agreements in education (Delft /Netherlands, Von Karman/Belgium, Cranfield/England and The Royal Academy/Belgium) and 3 HEI Agreements in research (QB50, Designing Safety Relevant Embedded Systems (DeSRE) and Milimeter Wave Airborne Synthetic Aperture RADAR for Environmental Monitoring (MILAS)) with European Universities and Institutes. The staff who study for these projects are financially supported for practical arrangements (travel, accommodation, etc.). TUAFA also has one cooperation (double diploma) agreement with a non-EU (Old Dominion University/USA) university.

    TUAFA considers internalization to be a great importance to be integrated in the European Higher Education Area and European Research Area. TUAFA's objectives concerning Erasmus activities are focusing on both qualitative and quantitative improvement of student and staff mobility, implementation of ECTS Credit System effectively within the university in accordance with curricular reform, and engaging in more IP and Multilateral Projects. The strategies to realize these objectives are to:

    - Provide all TUAFA members with detailed information and analysis of changes happening within the Erasmus Programme resulting from LLP.

    - Update ECTS Course Catalogue Database at our official web-site continuously.

    - Initiate teaching staff for organizing multilateral and IP projects to be offered firstly to our present partners.

    - Promote Erasmus programme in our official web-site, regular student and teaching staff meetings.

    Currently there are five bilateral agreements signed and 7 staff mobilities are performed with these universities. We plan to expand the number of agreements and mobility. Primarily, practical arrangements against possible problems, which may surface during the Instructor and graduate student exchange, will be considered on mutual grounds. Communications with the related organization, the national agency and higher educational establishments will be established in order to come up with practical solutions. Necessary precautions to be taken will also be determined in order to monitor the developments of the exchange students.