Mevlana Exchange Program ist a program, which aims at realizing the exchange of students and teaching staff between higher education institutions providing education in Turkey and higher education institutions providing education abroad. With the Regulation published in the Official Gazette dated August the 23th,2011 and numbered 28034, the exchange of students and teaching staff between the higher education institutions abroad and the higher education institutions in our country has been enabled.
Students, who want to take part in the exchange program, are required to study at least one semester and at most two semesters; the instructors, who want to take part in the exchange program, can teach at higher education institutions in the world at least for 1 week and at most for 3 months. Similarly, students and instructors from all regions of the world can also come to higher education institutions in Turkey in the scope of the exchange program and can participate in educational activities.
The real name of Mevlana, who gave the name of the program, was Muhammed Celâleddin. Mevlana was born in 1207 in the city of Belh in Horasan region, which is located within the borders of Afghanistan today. The name Mevlana was used by Sultan Veled, Şems-i Tebrizi and his lovers, it has become a universal symbol that identified with him. He is also known as Rumi by Westerners.
Mevlana, a sufi who lived in the XIII century but had passed the ages with his works, has not made any distinction among people, as it is reflected in his verses "Come, come again whoever you are." His compassion, unrequited and unlimited human love, as well as his eternal intolerance has not only impressed the Islamic world but also the entire humanity. He is accepted all over the world as a man of opinion with his view to life and people. UNESCO declared 2007 the year of Mevlana and Tolerance because of the 800th anniversary of Mevlana's birth.
Throughout his life, he has visited educational institutions in different countries and cities as both a student and a scientist. "Change" has an important place in Mevlana's life and philosophy.
He is also the author of important works such as Mesnevi Divan-ı Kebir, Fihi Mafih, Mektubat and Mecalis-i Seba.