Southern partners with Turkish university Southern partners with Turkish university Capitol news bureau Nov. 30, 2013 Comments Southern University has entered into a three-year faculty and student exchange program with a university in Turkey. Chancellor James Llorens hosted his counterpart at Siirt University, Murat Erman, in his office Wednesday as the two signed the agreement to share faculty and students. Turkish students involved in the program will study English in the city of Siirt for four months before traveling to Baton Rouge for another four months of English training. Siirt University is a school of about 8,000 students located in Siirt, Turkey, in the southeast portion of the country. The city is home to roughly 135,000 people. Southern has been making a push in recent years to foster relationships with overseas universities, in part to boost enrollment that has been mostly in decline over the last eight years. The university welcomed nearly 40 Brazilian engineering students onto campus this fall.