President’s Turkey visit enhances institutional ties and collaborations
A delegation led by Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), enhanced institutional ties and collaborations and promote CityU during visits to universities and a college in Istanbul, Turkey between 26 to 28 February.
Other members of the delegation included Professor Nozer D. Singpurwalla, Chair Professor of Risk Analysis and Management, College of Science and Engineering; Professor Muammer Ozer, College of Business; and Dr David Cheng Xing, Associate Vice-President (Global Services).
The delegation was warmly welcomed by Professor Umran S. Inan, President of Koç University and other senior management. The two institutions explored opportunities to extend the existing exchange agreement to other areas such as engineering and form closer ties.
The delegation also discussed the possibilities of increasing the quotas of existing student exchange programme, the establishment of faculty exchange programme and creating more opportunities for collaboration during a meeting with Professor Mehmed Özkan, Rector of Boğaziçi University, and other senior management.
At Robert College, one of the best colleges in Turkey, Professor Kuo introduced CityU to the students and delivered a talk titled “Risks in Everyday Life”.
Professor Kuo prompted students to reflect on the biggest risks in everyday life, saying that although many people would answer terrorism, terrorist attacks killed less than 10,000 lives every year while food poisoning and air pollution caused millions.
“What is particularly sad is the fate of the two billion people living in areas with little or no electricity who are unlikely to enjoy clean drinking water, hygienic food, basic education or medical service, yet who have to put up with the air pollution created by people enjoying an affluent lifestyle,” Professor Kuo said.