In July 2010, Chancellor Marty Meehan and Provost Ahmed Abdelal led a delegation to Turkey to sign partnership agreements with Bahcesehir University, Bilkent University, and Yeditepe University.
Collaborations with Bahcesehir and Yeditepe universities will include assistive technology programs and summer joint MBA electives, as well as faculty and student exchanges. An agreement with Bilkent University will feature joint research projects and publications, including work by graduate students at the partner institutions.
All the agreements emphasize faculty and student exchanges, opportunities for paid internships and development of joint degree programs. Cooperation in academic and research programs will include nanotechnology, bioengineering, medical device development and the UMass Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Ph.D. program.