Institute of Turkish Studies Will Be Closed in the US

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week’s news roundup we speak about the Institute of Turkish Studies that will close its doors in 2020, a deal between University of the Witwatersrand and American tech giant IBM and the lack of foreign students at Greek universities.

Institute of Turkish Studies will be closed in the USA

Ahval reports that the U.S.-based Institute of Turkish Studies announced its closing in September 2020. This institute has been the only non-profit educational platform in the United States dedicated to promotion of Turkish Studies in the country. Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), said: ‘’For many years, ITS was funded by the interest on a bond in a Turkish bank. The Turkish government decided to end that relationship. Since that time, the Board has struggled mightily to raise funds and keep the Institute afloat.  There were some generous donors out there, but it was not enough.’’

South African university and IBM partner to accelerate quantum computing in Africa

IT Web reports that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and American computing giant IBM have announced the collaboration in quantum computing. Wits University is the first African university to partner with the IBM Q Network. Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, who is Wits deputy vice-chancellor for research and postgraduate affairs, said: “This is the latest outcome of the joint partnership between IBM Research and Wits, which started in 2016 when IBM opened its second lab in Africa in Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg.”Dr. Ismael Akhalwaya, a quantum physicist at IBM added: ‘’With rapid progress over the last couple of decades, we are entering a new paradigm of computing and Africa needs to act now. We need to educate, we need to skill up and we need to brainstorm on how we can benefit from this technology to address the most pressing African use cases.”

Greek universities lack foreign students

Greek Reporter reports that the recent study conducted by the British Council has shown that Greek universities lag behind other European universities in regard to the number of foreign students. Out of 24,000 foreign students who studied in the country in 2017, around 13,000 are Cypriots, who practically do not ‘’count’’ as foreign students in a broader sense. Furthermore, a large number of students have foreign passports, but live in Greece permanently. The actual number of foreign students in Greece in 2017 was only three thousand.

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