About SUFtalks

SUFtalks is one of the initiatives of “Smart University Foundation”, S-U-F.  It is a one day event which brings together S-U-F stakeholders, representatives from the Smart University Foundation Secretariat, and S-U-F “Success Partners”. 

SUFtalks is an opportunity to learn more about what makes a university “Smarter”, ongoing initiatives, projects, and focus areas in the different domains of a “Smart University”.  

You will also meet with counterparts and colleagues in the region, in addition to other S-U-F founders and partners to discuss and review ideas and potential initiatives.

Participants of SUFtalks share lessons and experiences from development and implementation of “Smarter” projects and their integration within local and regional educational policy frameworks.

SUFtalks Istanbul

SUFtalks-Istanbul is a one-day event by “smart University Foundation”, S-U-F, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on the 21st of October 2019 at Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel. SUFtalks-Istanbul will start at 08:30 am and ends at 18:00.  

More than 100+ participants from higher education institutions (Universities, NGOs, and Research centers) in greater Istanbul area will participate. S-U-F have invited distinguished speakers engaged in the “Smart University” domain to speak at SUFtalks-Istanbul. 

We are confident that the experience of taking part in SUFtalks-Istanbul will be rewarding and enriching.


Smart University Foundation and its “Success Partners” are cordially inviting you to join SUFtalks-Istanbul.  Join more then 100+ Academicians and University Leaders and Executives in addressing the current and future trends in higher education.

The Program

Date:     Monday, 21 st of October 2019
Time:     08:00 - 18:00
Venue:    Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

08:00 – 16:00 SUFtalks Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Networking
09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Notes

09:15 – 09:30 Opening Remarks & speakers Introductions
09:30 – 10:00

The Future of Universities: Challenges & Opportunities

Prof. Bassem Khafagy

Secretary General, Smart University Foundation, S-U-F, California, USA

10:00 – 11:00

Innovations in Learning

Prof. Jeanne Schreurs, 

Professor Emeritus, Business Informatics, Hasselt University, Belgium

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break & Networking
11:30 – 12:15

New Trends in Open Access & Publishing in Academia

Dr. Anke Beck

Senior Adviser, German Government, and CEO, IntechOpen, London, UK

12:15 – 13:00 

The Social Responsibility of Higher Education

Prof. Esra Hatipoglu

Former Rector at Nisantasi University, Istanbul, Turkey

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 – 15:15 Panel Discussion: 

Trending Technologies in Universities

15:15 – 15:45

The New Wave: Media Trends in Higher Education

Mr. Moataz Eldahshory

CEO, Akadimya, LLC, California, USA, & Media Director, S-U-F

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break & Networking
16:00 – 17:00 Panel Discussion:

Empowering Educators: The need of A Global Academic Community

17:00 – 17:30 SUFturkey Chapter: Why, How, and When
17:30 – 18:00

Concluding remarks and next steps 

18: 00 – Networking, Comments, and Certificates

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Why attend SUFtalks

Attending SUFtalks have numerous benefits including gaining expert knowledge, networking with others, debating issues related to “Smarter” universities, sharing experiences, exchanging perspectives, and renewing motivation and confidence in the different domains of a “Smart University”.


Nothing comes close to interacting with experts face to face. Attending SUFtalks where experts in different domains of a “Smart University” will allow you to ask questions, seek advice, and possibly make a new connection with an expert in the field.


SUFtalks can inspire and motivate participants to engage in new and innovative initiatives and projects.  It will expand your horizons and perspectives on the future of higher education. SUFtalks are designed to encourage thinking about the new ways to make universities “Smarter”.


You can exchange ideas about your projects to potential partners.  Speaking to colleagues focusing on smart universities domains face to face would be more effective than sending an email or speaking over the phone.  You will also keep up to date with new trends in higher education, and stay ahead of the curve.

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Venue Address

Sheraton Istanbul Ataköy Hotel
Rauf Orbay Caddesi Sahilyolu, No:10
Bakırköy, Ataköy, 34158


Free Parking for VIPs and SUF Members
Vale is also available with charge


+1 (858) 221-8559
+90 (552) 268-8399


SUFtalks Date

MON, OCTOBER 21, 2019, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


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S-U-F Initiatives

  • UiQ         (University Index of Quality)
  • WSU       (World Summit on Universities)
  • UOAB      (University Open Access Books)
  • MfU          (Media for Universities)
  • JASUR    (Journal for Applied Smart

University Research)