ErasmusDays 2021 Festival

Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University

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Organisation:

Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University

Country:

Türkiye

About organisation:

Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU) is a higher education institution dedicated to providing students with a promising future through its quality education. It aims to build upon a rich tradition of knowledge and possesses strengths in academics, administration, and finance. AYBU actively disseminates information and technology generated through research activities, embodying an entrepreneurial spirit that benefits society and contributes to developing national and international workforces, guided by a strong sense of social responsibility.AYBU International Relations Office fosters and supports youth and academics through global cooperation and competition, focusing on international education, research, and campus internationalization. As AYBU Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Point, our office not only coordinates all the university's international activities, including Erasmus+ and MoU exchange programs, but also provides information on numerous European & youth opportunities.

Contact person:

B.Burak SOYER

Title of the project

ErasmusDays 2021 Festival

Start date:

October 15, 2021

End date:

October 15, 2021

Source of funding:

This festival was organised using the Erasmus+ KA131 organization support budget of the university.

Objectives:

As AYBU Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Point, we have been organising a wide range of events in different periods every year since 2013. In 2021, despite the pandemic that continues to have a worldwide impact, we thought of welcoming students to their campuses for the first time in a long time with a festival. In this direction, taking advantage of the ErasmusDays events celebrated all over Europe in October 2021, we, as AYBU Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Point, organised a festival with a wide participation at our university on 15 October 2021. With this festival, which was organised with the participation of not only the students of our university but also all young people in Ankara, it was aimed to enable young people to discover numerous European opportunities, to meet with stakeholders operating in this field, and to create an environment where young people can directly convey their questions and opinions with the participation of policy-making institutions and individuals. In this context, higher education institutions in Ankara, Erasmus+ Higher Education consortium partner universities, various public and private institutions / organisations, NGOs and student clubs had the chance to meet young people, meet various opportunities and exhibit their good practices through the stands opened in the festival area, especially the Turkish National Agency and Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Points in Ankara.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

With this festival, which was organised with the participation of not only the students of our university but also all young people in Ankara, it was aimed to enable young people to discover numerous European opportunities, to meet with stakeholders operating in this field, and to create an environment where young people can directly convey their questions and opinions with the participation of policy-making institutions and individuals. In addition to the information stands, information on European and youth opportunities through the conference "Erasmus+ Opportunities and Erasmus+ Experience Sharing" organised in cooperation with Erasmus Student Network (ESN) AYBU; blood donation campaign, book donation campaign for village schools, awareness activities for young people by the NGO operating for children with leukaemia, different sports activities such as horse riding and archery, live concert activities were brought together with young people in the festival area by different institutions and organisations. Therefore, this application has been pointed under the theme "Youth Participation and Engagement".

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

Through this festival, Eurodesk and EU opportunities have entered the agenda of the university youth even more and this interest has been reflected in the Erasmus+ and ESC applications of our university in the following process. Besides these activities, the last event of the day was the concert organised on the stage by AYBÜ Music Club, which was also founded by the students of our university. Young people were brought together with an open-air concert, where young people will both relieve the tiredness of the day and feel special because they have been away from such activities for a long time due to the pandemic. At the end of the event, young people and festival participants were transported to the city centre with the shuttles arranged by our university. The feedback received on social media and face-to-face is very positive and especially the young people and stakeholder institution representatives, who have been longing for such collective events for a long time due to the pandemic, expressed their satisfaction and wanted to learn the date of the next event 😊 Since that day, as Eurodesk Turkey Contact Point, we continue to make efforts to bring young people and numerous European opportunities together, and we will continue to do so... 😊

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

The visibility of the EU, Erasmus+ and Eurodesk was prioritised in the event area, gifts were presented to the participating young people, EU, Erasmus+ and Eurodesk logos were used in the event area and in all materials used. Prior to the event, announcements were made through the website and social media tools, and a letter and video were also prepared to be sent to the press. In this letter and video, the information of stakeholder institutions and organisations was also included and young people who wanted to meet directly with these voluntary and decision-making institutions/organisations were informed before the event.https://aybu.edu.tr/dib/tr/duyuru/16159/ErasmusDays-2021-Gnleri-AYB'de-eitli-Etkinliklerle-Kutlandhttps://twitter.com/aybuint/status/1449784049359278090/photo/1https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVBTJJaoJwV/?utm_medium=copy_link

How it respected the green principles:

For the young people who want to participate in the event organised in AYBU Esenboğa Campus, which is far from the centre of Ankara but intertwined with nature, vehicles from different campuses were lifted from different campuses, creating opportunities for individuals with transportation or any other disability to participate in the event, thus aiming to expand the multiplier effect of the event. All these activities and opportunities within the scope of the event were completely free of charge and no financial support was applied for by any institution/organisation, but were fully covered by our university and Eurodesk Contact Point.This festival, which took place in the open area of our Ankara, Esenboğa campus, with activities organised all day long, prioritised human health by complying with pandemic measures, almost all activities were carried out in the open area as much as possible, hygiene points were placed in various parts of the event, and food and beverages offered as catering were distributed individually in sterile form. At this point, in line with the Green Erasmus theme, care was taken to ensure that the materials used were environmentally friendly, recyclable and sustainable.

As AYBU Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Point, we have been organising a wide range of events in different periods every year since 2013. In 2021, despite the pandemic that continues to have a worldwide impact, we thought of welcoming students to their campuses for the first time in a long time with a festival. In this direction, taking advantage of the ErasmusDays events celebrated all over Europe in October 2021, we, as AYBU Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Point, organised a festival with a wide participation at our university on 15 October 2021. With this festival, which was organised with the participation of not only the students of our university but also all young people in Ankara, it was aimed to enable young people to discover numerous European opportunities, to meet with stakeholders operating in this field, and to create an environment where young people can directly convey their questions and opinions with the participation of policy-making institutions and individuals. In this context, higher education institutions in Ankara, Erasmus+ Higher Education consortium partner universities, various public and private institutions / organisations, NGOs and student clubs had the chance to meet young people, meet various opportunities and exhibit their good practices through the stands opened in the festival area, especially the Turkish National Agency and Eurodesk Türkiye Contact Points in Ankara.