From TROY to Troia: New partnership agreement links University with its Trojan roots
A new relationship is linking Troy University to its roots in the ancient city of Troia, located in northwest Turkey.
Officials of TROY and Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU), signed an agreement in October that will extend educational opportunities for students in Turkey and the surrounding region.
COMU, located in a city just 18 miles from Troia, has more than 30,000 students in two graduate schools, nine “faculties” consisting of agriculture, education, engineering and architecture, fine arts, fisheries, medicine, sciences and arts, theology and the Biga Faculty of Economics and Administrative Services.
“This will be an outstanding partnership both in terms of service to students and in bringing our two cities closer together,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “I am particularly excited by the opportunity to partner with fellow Trojans … it could be said that we [Troy University] have come ‘home.’”
Dr. Earl Ingram, vice chancellor of TROY’s Global Campus, said the agreement presents benefits for both students in Turkey and TROY students.
“The agreement creates a partnership that will allow us to extend our distance learning programs offered through eCampus to COMU students, and students within Turkey and the region,” he said. “We will promote COMU programs and courses to TROY students that may be distinct to COMU.”
Dr. Ingram said that TROY and COMU have been working in tandem for about eight years toward extending the relationship beyond faculty exchanges. While the delivery of distance education to Turkish students is one objective, the agreement will increase the opportunity for TROY students to participate in study abroad programs and student exchange programs in a very historical and attractive part of the world.
Sorrell College of Business Dean Judson Edwards said the agreement will help stimulate a new reach for both academics and Alabama business.
“This partnership creates new opportunities for economic development partnerships and academic offerings that will benefit our faculty, students and outreach centers,” Dr. Edwards said. “Like TROY, COMU has a strong economic development mission and this partnership will open doors for Alabama businesses and economic developers to the opportunities of the region.”
Dr. Edwards said called the relationship “multifaceted” and particularly beneficial to the College of Business’ hospitality and tourism management program, which can partner directly with COMU’s program.
“It will provide a unique international experience for our students,” he said.
Dr. Hawkins was in the Mediterranean port city addressing the World Universities Congress. He also chaired a panel discussion during his visit.
The ancient city of Troia is located in northwest Turkey near the city of Truva in the Canakkale province.
Excavation of the archeological site first began in 1868 and since that time, the ruins of a series of ancient cities dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period. The excavation site has been a part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage list since 1998.
More recent archeological efforts have been undertaken by the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Pre and Early History and the Archaeology of the Middle Ages and the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Classics as a part of “Project Troia.”
Immortalized by the ancient Greek epic poet Homer in the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey,” Troia is thought to have been destroyed by fire after the Greeks invaded and captured the city during the Trojan War.
According to Greek legend, Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, abducted Helen, the beautiful wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, and returned with her to Troy. Under the leadership of Agamemnon, the brother of Menelaus, the Achaeans joined forces with Sparta and sailed against the city of Troy in an effort to return Helen to Sparta to be reunited with her husband. Legend holds that the ensuing war led to the fiery destruction of the city of Troy.
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