CÜ Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, vol.35, no.1, pp.8-17, 2011 (International Refereed University Journal)
This study aims at determining the implications of academic staff that joined the Erasmus program from Cumhuriyet University, in the frame of academic mobility. Several people and institutions in our country have benefited from the EU education programs since 2005. University students and academic staff have been important ones among them. Cumhuriyet University is also one of these universities whose staff and students have been increasingly attending those programs. Yet, the benefits and outcomes of joining these programs are not searched or evaluated in terms of academic concerns. So this study attempts to find out the reasons why academicians take place in these programs, the problems they encounter during the application and participation period, the benefits and outcomes according to their own perceptions and also the similarities and differences between our university and the visited one. Qualitative method was preferred for the study. Data were gathered from selected participant academicians who have joined any of Erasmus programs between the years 2006-2010. Semi-structured interview forms were prepared and used by the researcher. Also, data were supplied from CU International Office documents. Data were analyzed with content analysis techniques and evaluated. Results showed that all participants benefited from the program and they had a good experience. The results also show that the general objectives of those programs are realized in terms of several dimensions.
Keywords: Academic mobility, EU education programs, Erasmus program and Turkey, Implications on Erasmus programs