CoHE President Saraç Signs Memoranda of Understanding with South Sudan and Somalia in Higher Education

October 20, 2017 / Istanbul


Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, President of the Council of Higher Education, signed memoranda of understanding with the ministers of two African countries in the "Turkey-Africa Conference of Ministers of Education" organized by the Ministry of National Education in Istanbul. These memoranda of understanding aim to improve cooperation in the field of higher education.


CoHE President Saraç and Yien Oral Lam, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of South Sudan, signed the "Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.


Later, CoHE President Saraç and Abdi Dahir Osman, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education of the Federal Republic of Somalia, signed the "Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education".


Saraç stated that he was pleased to sign the Memoranda of Understanding with the African countries for the enhancement and development of cooperation in the field of higher education.


"As the new CoHE administration, we launched the "Expansion Program for Africa" in 2015. The aim of this program is to share the opportunities we have in the field of higher education in Turkey with the African countries and train academics, administrative and technical staff in Turkish universities that will take part in the development of the African countries. We signed memoranda of understanding and cooperation agreements with the ministers responsible for higher education of nine African countries including Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Djibouti, Sudan and Rwanda to develop cooperation in higher education and scientific research in the last two years. We have identified our priority fields in our cooperation with some countries and matched the universities that could cooperate in these fields. We are very pleased to see that the initiatives of the new CoHE have already started to yield positive results," said President Saraç.