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Ankara Siyasal ve Ekonomik Araştırmalar Merkezi Derneği

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The Ankara Center for Political and Economic Research (ASEM) is a not-for-profit, independent think-tank. Its fields of interest and activity cover all kinds of political, economic, social and cultural topics of national or international import that are of concern to Turkey. ASEM hopes to contribute in this way to the making of sound decisions based on information and analysis, so that the future may be planned on a firmer basis and in parallel with the global dynamics.

Our organization is committed to carry out research on environment, education, international relations, family, democratization, women and children, human rights, climate change, natural disasters, defense, local governments, poverty, rural and village, development, disadvantaged groups, university-industry cooperation, entrepreneurship, innovation, EU process, EU cohesion policies, R&D, political participation, social and sports, economic, cultural, strategy and foreign relations, employment and unemployment, informatics, agricultural strategies and policies, sectoral analysis

ASEM aims in particular to provide information and suggestions which would help detect and overcome those problems of a structural and deep-rooted nature that necessitate relatively longerterm efforts for their solution, but which are crucial for Turkey to realize its full potential.

In this context it offers academic studies and analytical reports for all individuals in public, private and civil society organizations who are in a position to contribute directly or indirectly to the decision and policy making processes. In order to render the knowledge and experience of Turkish and foreign experts accessible to decision and policy makers, it organizes conferences and seminars, publishes original works as well as translations, and prepares and carries out various projects.

Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi

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Mardin Artuklu University is a university established in 2007. It started educating YouTube with 1.104 students in the first academic year between 2007-2008. Focusing on the human being in line with the mission of our university, adopting an original, innovative and critical perspective in the fields of education, research and development, culture-art, science and technology based on local and universal values; It continues to work towards raising exemplary individuals who are equipped with moral values, care about the environment, have social and professional responsibility, have assimilated to comply with institutional and quality standards, contribute to the accumulation of humanity, and become a leading university that conducts original research in these fields. Today, our university has 11 faculties (Faculty of Architecture, Faculty Of Engineering And Architecture, Faculty of Kızıltepe Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Islamic Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Faculty Of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Tourism), 3 colleges, 8 vocational schools and 2 institutes. With 600 (40 foreign national) academic staff, 610 staff and 15 811 (about 2490 foreign national) students working in all units, it is on the way to achieving its goals

Syrian immigrant youth constitute the majority of foreign students. The geographical location of the city and the fact that the Arabic language is a widely spoken language have been effective in Syrian immigrants to prefer our university. Especially for Syrian students, 6 departments with 100% Arabic education have opened at our university. Again, 33 Syrian lecturers are employed in these departments. There are many facilities that young people can benefit from within the 30.000 m2 area arranged by the Health, Culture and Sports Department of our university. In these facilities, students can study art-painting; They can take part in many activities in the fields of health and sports. The Presidency enables students to benefit from arts and cultural activities to a wider extent by organizing painting and photography exhibitions, organizing concerts, conferences, theater and similar activities in the fields of art and culture and cooperating with institutions for this purpose. Cultural centers at our university organize activities such as free cultural courses, cultural competitions and Culture & Art Days. Spring festivals and various sports competitions (organized every year) are also among the activities prepared for young people.

There are 64 student societies where young people interact and organize various activities. There are many centers on the campus where youth groups can come together and carry out social, cultural and sports activities. There is a semi-olympic swimming pool, a youth center where a wide variety of activities can be done and a library with a very rich content. As a city, Mardin has a very rich historical and cultural heritage. The city, which has hosted many civilizations and communities, has historical buildings reflecting hundreds of years of past. This rich structure also shows itself with language diversity today. Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and Syriac are the languages spoken in the region. This ancient multiculturalism has brought tolerance with it. People are used to accepting all differences as wealth and the live with tolerance. Today, Mardin Artuklu University is progressing by focusing on technology in agriculture, tourism, trade, design and medicine with all these riches

Aie Serve

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Aie Serve is a youth lead non-profit NGO that works on empowering youth through spreading the values of Respect, Acceptance, and Love.

The NGO consists of 3 programs:

Aie Skills:

This is the training arm of the NGO. It’s all about providing youth with the needed soft skills, thus following Aie Serve’s mission in youth empowerment with the tools they need to develop themselves at first and their society afterwards. This is done through:

Public Workshops on soft skills covering different topics. These workshops are two hours long and held twice a month, thus reaching an average of more than 15 workshops a year, each with a different topic!

Advanced Training sessions about some specific topics, where we go in depth about such topics for one full day or even a two days camp!

The 6 months long Training of Trainers (ToT) that certifies around 10 new trainers every year so as to be able to deliver our training.

Club Initiation Management training for Aie Serve University Clubs.

Aie Clubs:

The Aie Clubs program aims at gathering groups of youth to implement projects that spread the values of respect, acceptance and love through empowering youth to become positive agents of change in their local communities. These clubs work on three pillars: Community Service, Community Development and Community Awareness

Aie Serve’s Clubs are development, service and awareness clubs.

The clubs organize projects and activities to meet the unique needs of their campus or communities.

Clubs’ members choose their club’s projects, activities, events and fundraisers.

Aie Clubs Goals

Implement social, environmental and community service projects and awareness campaigns

Promote volunteerism, critical thinking and professionalism Empower youth to have a bigger role in their community Collaborate with other clubs or organizations with similar objectives

Conduct training workshops on 21st century skills, technical skills and topics of interest to their community.

Work Philosophy

Horizontal: Everyone should have the chance to decide on what is to be done and how to do it.

Transparency: All information is circulated to the team members, nothing is kept hidden. Budgets and procedures are accessible by all those who request them.

Position: Positions and titles give members the responsibility to accomplish tasks; Not the authority to boss others around.

Aie Exchange:

This program was created to help youth discover other cultures and work on projects with people from different backgrounds. In addition to that, it helps us as an organization to widen our network of partnerships internationally. The skills acquired throughout these exchanges are then replicated in Lebanon through the work of our members in their various projects.

Ovidius University of Constanta

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Ovidius University of Constanta is the largest European Union university on the Black Sea coast. It was founded in 1961. In 1990, it became a multidisciplinary university with numerous curricula covering all three levels. Our goal is to be recognized as the regional leader in higher education and research, to be the first option of students from the Black Sea region and beyond. We are an Eastern gateway to Europe and we aim to attract a large number of Romanian and international students, as well as outstanding academic staff. We strive to achieve the highest European standards of quality education by offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral study programs, training our graduates for the competitive labor markets of Romania, the European Union and worldwide.

The mission of Ovidius University of Constanta is to create, maintain and disseminate knowledge at all levels of society through European standard education, research and artistic creation. The university is actively engaged in the local community and has an impact over the entire Black Sea region, within Europe and beyond its borders. From the point of view of the educational offer, our university presents a great diversity and flexibility of study programs. The university is multidisciplinary, ensuring students training through programs covering all levels of education, from undergraduate to masters and PhD, various pedagogical training courses, courses for vocational training, Teaching Grades Residency, etc.. The areas of study cover a wide range, from Medical Studies to Engineering, from Humanities to Sciences, from Natural Sciences to Economics and Law, from Arts to Theology. Currently, the university has over 130 study programs (Bachelor degree programs and Master`s programs) and 5 Doctoral Schools in 7 domains of study.

Solution: Solidarité & Inclusion

Solution: Solidarité & Inclusion

Solution: Solidarité & Inclusion is an NGO based in Paris carrying out educational activities to promote social cohesion through non-formal education. The objective of the association is to boost social inclusion among young people by proposing several kinds of actions fostering intercultural dialogue, encouraging democratic participation among groups that are excluded from social dynamics, increasing young people’s soft and hard skills, designing educational programs to open minds and strengthening fair dynamics between generations. Solution operates in a multicultural and socially complex environment: in the east of Paris, there are more than 70 different ethnic communities whose young adults that may face economic difficulties, as well as social and labor exclusion. Such groups are often excluded from extra scholar offers, which may help them to acquire new skills enabling a better integration into society. Solution’s mission is to propose these people non-formal education activities gathering different publics and stimulating. Besides, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue while promoting the acquisition of soft and hard skills useful for professional and social purposes though this way.

İdareci ve Bürokratlar Birliği Derneği

İdareci ve Bürokratlar Birliği Derneği

It was established in August 2009 as the Association of Administrators and Bureaucrats and started its activities. In the 1st Ordinary General Assembly held on 12.02.2010, both bylaws and name changes were made. It continues its activities under the name of "Association of Managers and Bureaucrats Association", with its new statute and new management. Respect for people, basic human rights and freedoms, labor and the environment Democratic, respectful to beliefs, management based on law and justice, Participation, solidarity, transparency, accountability Compliance with ethical rules are the principles of the organization. For a country that has reached the administrative standards of the advanced world; To improve the professional dignity and personal rights of our members, To increase professional dignity, personal rights and ethical values, To influence public administration policies for the benefit of society, To develop education, research and management services, To establish national, regional and global cooperation, To develop professional and scientific standards, To develop national management policies To develop a strong, effective and participatory organization, to support research, to improve education, are among the main working subjects of our association.

Embaixada da Juventude

Embaixada da Juventude

Embaixada da Juventude aims to boost the development of young people through national and international projects that facilitate access to a range of experiences, opportunities and knowledge for young people and the local community.

Main goals:

Reinforce the heritage, cultural and gastronomic identity of young people, encouraging their involvement with the city; Build a functional network between the institutions (private and public) of the municipality of Paredes, with direct and indirect responses to youth

Contribute to the physical and intellectual development of young people in the Municipality of Paredes; Develop and implement prevention and intervention projects with young people

All of these are integrated in international volunteering activities, with the presence of several ESC volunteers.

Bilgi Paylaşım Topluluğu

Bilgi Paylaşım Topluluğu

Bilgi Paylasım Toplulugu is a youth-led, non-profit, voluntary non-governmental organization which is run by youth workers. It has been primarily founded to advance the members' political, social, cultural, and/or economic objectives. This is accomplished through putting in place youth-oriented programs and/or participating in lobbying work to advance their cause.

It typically places a strong emphasis on supporting and upholding young people's democratic and social rights, encouraging their social and political participation at all levels of community life, and providing opportunities for personal and social growth through pastimes, volunteer work, and informal and non-formal learning.

It is a nonprofit organization run by young people with the mission of enhancing the programs and infrastructure that support and encourage the positive development of children and teenagers. By employing peer support and combining the perspectives of people who have encountered challenges in different environment, we make sure that the voice of youth is represented at all levels of policy and practice.