Eaquals Member Event Fund: Özyeğin University Training Event

Özyeğin University Training Day


Ozyegin University School of Languages, an accredited member and recipient of the 2023 Eaquals Member Event Fund, organized a training event titled “(Re) Defining Institutional Effectiveness: Agility & Adaptability – Academic Management Competency Framework.” The program included an online session on 25th November and a two-day face-to-face training on 1st and 2nd December. This event was designed to provide an understanding of strategies for identifying staff needs and developing professional development programs tailored for Turkish Higher Education institutions.


Held in Istanbul and supported by Macmillan Education, the Ozyegin University Training Event featured engaging discussions and hands-on activities. A total of thirty-three participants, representing twenty-nine Higher Education institutions across Turkey and Cyprus, joined the event. Attendees included teacher trainers, directors, coordinators, and teachers, fostering a diverse and collaborative learning environment.



During the initial day of the training, participants gained insights into effective professional development and delved into techniques for identifying staff needs. Face-to-face sessions commenced with a presentation by Eaquals Executive Director, Lou McLaughlin, on 1st December, where she provided valuable information about Eaquals and the Academic Management Competency Framework (AMCF). The focus then shifted to establishing an observation culture in institutions through a session led by Nergis Uyan, the Director of the School of Languages. Over the two days, trainers guided participants on conducting lesson observations, delivering effective feedback, organizing in-house sessions, and coaching and mentoring teachers. The training concluded with participants reflecting on all sessions and collaboratively devising an institutional action plan tailored to their professional development needs.


Participants expressed positive and encouraging feedback, highlighting the training’s effectiveness. They found immense value in the diverse ideas and practices shared, emphasizing their applicability for implementation within their respective institution.

Event organisers Selen Şirin Dülger, Serkan Aras and Sultan Zeydan said that the event was ‘designed for those seeking to enhance their capacity in supporting teacher development, this training empowered the participants to align key takeaways with their personal and institutional professional development goals, which aimed to foster a collective dedication to improvement’.