The Self-formation of Turkish International Higher Education Students

Yunus Emre Institute in London is delighted to host its second online talk as part of the Young Scholar Seminar Series. Yusuf İkbal Oldaç will talk on “The Self-formation of International Higher Education Students and Their Contributions to Society: The Case of Turkish International Higher Education Graduates” on Wednesday, 3rd of June 2020 at 19.00 pm (BST).

The main purpose of this study is to investigate the self-formation of international higher education graduates and their perceived contributions to society. The study builds on self-formation approach as proposed by Marginson (2014, 2017), and positions students as active individuals in international higher education. This is a novel perspective as most existing scholarly work positioned students as passive adapters in host country contexts. Being relatively new in the literature, self-formation theory has not been operationalised yet. This exploratory doctoral work is one of the first attempts to do so.

In this talk, Yusuf İkbal Oldaç will report on the emerging findings of an international comparative study, which examined the self-formation processes of recent Turkish international higher education graduates. It draws on the thematic analysis of 50 semi-structured interviews conducted in 5 countries, i.e. Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Germany, the UK and Turkey.

Guest Speaker: Yusuf İkbal Oldaç | Moderator: Tugay Durak

Date: Wednesday, 3rd of June 2020

Time: 19:00 (BST)

The Talk will take place through ZOOM, an online platform.

For online booking please CLICK HERE.

Yusuf İkbal Oldaç is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the contributions of studying abroad on individuals and society. He is a member of the Higher Education, and Comparative and International Education research groups at the University of Oxford. He received his undergraduate degree from Boğaziçi University, Faculty of Education and master’s degree from Middle East Technical University (ODTU) in educational leadership and administration. He presented his work at major global conferences and is the recipient of multiple academic and research awards from institutions such as the British Association for International and Comparative Education, and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Tugay Durak is a doctoral student at UCL Institute of Education and conducts studies on Turkish academic diaspora working at British universities. In 2019, he completed his master degree about international scholarships at the same institution. Prior to postgraduate studies, Mr Durak had been teaching Mathematics in Istanbul for 4 years. He took his Bachelor degree from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

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