The two newest members of ACA, The Turkish Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes and Education and Testing Service Global (ETS Global), were warmly welcomed to the ACA family on 12 June, following ACA’s 20th Anniversary Conference in The Hague. The two members are actually not that new to ACA, as they have been actively participating in ACA’s events and have been in close collaboration with some of ACA’s existing members.
The Turkish Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes, founded in 2003, has been operating as the Turkish National Agency for the EU’s education and youth cooperation programmes (e.g. Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci) since Turkey’s official participation in these programmes in 2004. It is currently responsible for the implementation of the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes in Turkey and will perform the same function in the new programme for 2014-2020. With much in common, the Turkish member and ACA members are looking forward to more intensified cooperation, as well as the sharing of knowledge and best practices in internationalisation and mobility within the ACA network.
Similarly, ACA looks forward to strengthening its knowledgebase and global network with the addition of ETS Global as an Associate Member. ETS Global is a subsidiary of the US-based organisation ETS which was founded in 1947 and is best known for its testing instruments, such as TOEFL, TOEIC and GRE. Beyond the development of testing services, ETS Global has been involved in major international assessment projects on learning outcomes (e.g. OECD’s PISA and AHELO), student mobility, and the performance of universities.
In the past two decades, ACA has developed into a highly respected knowledge centre on (European) mobility policies, thanks to the support of its membership network of 24 national organisations that are chiefly responsible for internationalisation and mobility matters in their respective countries. Therefore, with the admission of each new member, ACA does not only get bigger and stronger, but also much wiser.
Congratulations to The Turkish Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes and Education and Testing Service Global (ETS Global)! Congratulations to ACA!