An agreement between Istanbul Kemerburgaz University (IKU) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America) that will help expand employment opportunities in Turkey. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), IKU and GIA will provide vocational education in gems and jewellery that will benefit members of the trade and those aspiring to join the industry.
GIA, the global leader in gemological education, will debut its Accredited Jewelry Professional Diploma and Diamond Grading Lab Class, as well as provide skill-building seminars on relevant gem and jewellery topics, in Turkey.
Plans are also underway to establish GIA’s renowned Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Diamonds and Jewellery Design diplomas and other courses on retail excellence and merchandising. These programs will provide skills and knowledge to professionals across the industry in Turkey including manufacturers, retailers, jewellery designers and retail sales associates.
"We are grateful for IKU’s support in bringing GIA’s education programs to Turkey," said Donna Baker, President and CEO of GIA. "Expanding gemological education across the region will help develop a skilled workforce, offer opportunity to local youth and support the gem and jewellery sector in Turkey."
Dr. Yıldırım Üçtuğ, President of IKU, said GIA’s gemology expertise will complement the Bachelor of Arts program in jewellery design that IKU currently offers. “We are delighted to have GIA in Turkey,” he added. “We believe there is a lot of scope for gem and jewellery education in Turkey and are looking forward to expanding the education portfolio with GIA.”
Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA in India and Middle East, has been regularly visiting Turkey for the past year, including the Istanbul Jewellery Show. She has witnessed a strong demand in the Turkish jewellery industry for gemological education, which is what GIA will bring to the trade.
“The youth I’ve met have shown a lot of interest in our education and were positive about the business opportunities in the industry,” Bhatt continued. “GIA provides relevant vocational education that can translate into employment opportunities for these young people. We are excited to garner the support of IKU in this endeavor.”