By: Kelli Andresen for Iowa Now 
Photo: Chief Rabbi Ishak Haleva (left) receives a gift from Daily Iowan publisher Bill Casey (center) and David Perlmutter, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, during a visit by a UI delegation to Turkey.
A group of University of Iowa professors and local media professionals hope that their summer trip to Turkey was a cornerstone to building further relationships with educational institutions and media entities in that country.
Led by David Perlmutter, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the group visited Turkey June 15-24 to learn about Turkish media and culture. The trip was hosted by the Niagara Foundation, an organization that promotes global fellowship. The Niagara Foundation paid for all costs except for airfare to and from Turkey and the registration fees, which attendees paid for individually.
While in Turkey, the group visited Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul, Izmir, and Kayseri, meeting with cultural leaders, media and business professionals, and university administration and faculty, and visiting historical sites.
The Turkish economy is booming and the country’s long-term economic prospects are good, according to the U.S. Department of State. The economic upswing has led to high investment in educational institutions.
“Turkey is a place that is amazing,” says Bill Casey, publisher of the Daily Iowan. “The economy is growing the second fastest in the world. They’ve built 22 new universities in the last two years.”
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