MoU with Piri Reis Maritime University, Turkey
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between WMU and Piri Reis Maritime University (PRMU) of Istanbul, Turkey and went into effect on 26 April 2013. The MoU on Academic Cooperation recognizes the educational benefits to be gained through co-operative programs between WMU and PRMU that promote scholarly activities and international understanding. In addition, the MoU will promote the exchange of information and materials of mutual interest as well as the exchange of staff, students, and scholars. The MoU was proposed during a recent visit to WMU by Asst. Prof. Dr. Taner Albayrak, Vice Dean of the Maritime Faculty and Head of International Relations at PRMU. After Dr. Albayrak returned to Turkey, the MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Osman Kamil Sag, Rector of PRMU.
PRMU was established by the support and sponsorship of the entire Turkish Maritime Sector (approx. 7500 companies); namely the Turkish Chamber of Shipping (DTO) through the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation (TUDEV) which is a non-profit private organization that was established in 1993. The Vision of PRMU is to provide world class, quality education and training, conduct research, and create synergy between vocational and academic education in an environment of global competition. PRMU is named after the famous Ottoman – Turkish Admiral and Cartographer Piri Reis who lived in XV - XVIth centuries and is best known for his World Map and the book of Navigation (Kitab-ı Bahriye). This year is the 500 year anniversary of Piri Reis’ 1513 map which has been recognized by UNESCO as a noteworthy anniversary in 2013.