Tufts in the World: Turkey
Istanbul|Ankara|May 24-31, 2012

Istanbul: May 25-29

Friday, May 25
Morning – Arrive in Istanbul, Swissôtel The Bosphorus

Evening – Private opening reception at Swissôtel The Bosphorus
An informal cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception during which members of the International Board members, Regional Board and Tufts Delegation will have a chance to get to know one another. Guests will receive a short cultural orientation from a panel of regional board members, moderated by Deborah Winslow Nutter, Senior Associate Dean at the Fletcher School.

Saturday, May 26
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Meeting of the International Board at Swissôtel The Bosphorus

1:00p.m-3:30 p.m. – Luncheon with University Leaders at Swissôtel The Bosphorus
The meeting of the International Board will conclude with an open forum with university presidents. Open to all members of the delegation.

5:00 –6:45 p.m. – Tufts University community reception with President Anthony P. Monaco. Chalet Garden, Swissôtel The Bosphorus.

8:30 – 11:00 p.m. – Private delegation dinner hosted by International Board Member Ali Sabanci, A91, and Vuslat Dogan Sabanci. Cocktail attire.

Sunday, May 27
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guided tours of Topkapi Palace and luncheon at Karakol Restaurant.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Private tour of “Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art” at Sakip Sabanci Museum, followed by a private reception.
Focusing on the works of 17th century masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Jan Steen, the exhibition contains 74 paintings by 59 different artists, in addition to a number of drawings and sculptures. This exhibit marks both the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Dutch ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and the 10th anniversary of the Sakip Sabanci Museum.

9:15 p.m. – Private delegation dinner hosted by Ms. Demet Sabanci Cetindogan and Mr. Cengiz Cetindogan. Cocktail attire.

Monday, May 28
9:30a.m.-11:30a.m – “Turkey’s Furture Role in International Finance” at Garanti Bank Headquarters.
This open symposium will focus on Turkey’s success in establishing the basis for the dramatic economic growth over the past decade. This panel will address the foundations and strengths of Turkey’s financial system today and its role in the future as a key financial center. The Panel will be moderated by Dean Stephen Bosworth and include illustrious Tufts faculty and Turkish leaders in finance.

Noon – 3:00 p.m. Guided tour of the Grand Bazaar and free shopping time.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Admissions reception at Robert College.
The power of grades and test scores to secure admission at selective universities and colleges is often misunderstood. As the competition for spaces at selective universities continues to intensify, institutions have raised the prominence of other metrics in their decision making. Essays, recommendations, commitments outside of school, and interviews continue to increase in importance even as the number of applications and the time commitment to evaluating them grows. Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin will explain not only why that shift is taking place, but also what a student must do to compete for spots against applicants from all over the world.

Evening – Private delegation dinner.

Tuesday, May 29
9:30 a.m. – Noon Guided tour of the Old City.
Members of the delegation will have the opportunity to visit Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern. Dress etiquette for entry in the Sultanahmet Mosque: Both men and women should keep their arms and legs covered (no sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts, shorts or short skirts). Women should bring a scarf to cover their hair.

1:00-2:45 p.m. Private delegation luncheon with keynote speaker Suzan Sabanci Dincer at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel.

4:00 p.m.-6:30p.m. – “Entrepreneurship in Turkey: Where It Stands and Why It Matters” symposium.
This open symposium will be held in concert with the U.S. Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), which will be hosting a delegation visit to Turkey. Tisch College board member Steven Koltai, A76, FG78, A12P, creator of the GEP and organizer of the Entrepreneurship Delegations, will moderate a panel featuring prominent Tufts alumni and faculty such as International Board Member Ali Sabanci, A91; Professor of International Politics Vali Nasr, A83, F84, A15P; Thomas Schmidheiny Professor Amar Bhidé; Diane Hessan, J76, A11P; and Founder and Mehmet Emin Karamehmet.

9:15 – 11:00 p.m. – Private delegation dinner cruise on the Bosphorus hosted by Ömer and Arzu Sabanci, A09P, A14P in absentia.

Wednesday, May 30

10:30 a.m. – Discussion with Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan

1:00 p.m. – Depart for Ankara

Afternoon– Arrive in Ankara, Swissôtel Ankara.

5:00-9:00 p.m. – “The Emergence of Turkey as a Regional Superpower: Choices and Challenges” at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and reception.
An open symposium featuring Dean of the Fletcher School Stephen W. Bosworth, Professor of International Politics Vali Nasr, A83, F84, A15P, and Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and Founding Director of the Issam M. Fares Center on Eastern Mediterranean Studies Leila Fawaz.

Thursday, May 31
Morning/Afternoon – Departure

Itinerary Updated: May 15, 2012