Institutional relationships with companies are particularly active at Galatasaray University (GSÜ): either through student clubs, either within departments conducted by academic researchers and teachers either through the continuing education department.

A specific group within GSÜ maintains links with French companies. Created in 2011 on the initiative of the Embassy of France in Turkey, the group "Companies Galatasaray" is made up of French companies operating locally (Air Liquide, Axa, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Gras Savoye, Michelin, Peugeot, Renault, Sürpikür, TEB BNP Paribas and Total), the French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEF) dedicated to GSÜ, the attachée fo university cooperation based in Istanbul and teacher-researchers (the French Deputy Rector and the Expert technique international (ETI) responsible for relations with French companies) and members of student clubs active in the relationship with the professional world.

It is within this group that the speakers for the conference cycle "rendez-vous des enterprises" are selected and approached. The speaker invited by a teacher, is a senior manager of a French group active in Turkey. The speaker presents his company, highlights the specificities of the Turkish market for the group and describes his/her career that led him/her to this level of responsibility. An open talk with students closes the conference. Since 2011, the following French companies participated: Total, Renault, TEB BNP Paribas, Carrefour SA, Nexans, Michelin, Alstom, Groupama, Vinci, Thales, Air Liquide Peugeot, L'Oreal, AXA, Decathlon, Bel, Gemalto and Danone.


Christophe PAOLI