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SUNY-YÖK dual diploma program lauded

Congressman Maurice Hinchey '68, '70g recently read a tribute into the Congressional Record applauding the State University of New York's dual diploma program with the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK), specifically the programs in his district - Binghamton University and SUNY New Paltz.

Through the program, students from Turkey spend half of their undergraduate experience at a SUNY campus and half at a Turkish University, therefore utilizing distance learning to earn two diplomas through a single course of study.

"This highly successful program and others like it are exactly what higher education institutions should be striving to achieve," said Hinchey.

College President Steven Poskanzer said, "We're delighted to have our program with Turkish universities recognized so prominently."

This year, there are nearly 200 students from Turkey's two most prominent technical universities, as well as one of its major private business schools, studying for degrees in business, economics and Teaching English as a Second Language at New Paltz.

Binghamton University has close to 450 students enrolled in the dual diploma program.

Since 2003, more than 1,500 students have participated in 24 programs on 10 SUNY campuses and nine Turkish campuses. Just over 70 students have earned two diplomas, with an additional 190 projected for the end of the 2008 academic year.