Europe Gives Full Marks to Turkish Higher Education in Three Categories
June 1, 2018 / Ankara
CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç stated that the Turkish higher education system had gotten full marks in three categories at the European Ministerial Conference held in France, on 24-25 May 2018 and said, "The outcomes of this conference show that we are ahead of many European countries in the Bologna Process. This is a very important and positive development."
He said that Turkey had become a part of the Bologna Process in 2001 and that meetings on ministerial level have been held every two or three years in order to evaluate the scorecards of countries and to determine new goals.
He noted that the European Higher Education Area is consisted of 48 countries and that the last European Ministerial Conference was held in France, on 24-25 May 2018. He said that the Council of Higher Education and the Ministry of National Education jointly participated in the conference.
We are ahead of many European countries in the Bologna Process
CoHE President Saraç noted that Turkey had made remarkable advances in terms of the 2018 goals set in the fields of "Development of Degree Structure (Qualifications Framework, ECTS system and the Process for Diploma Supplement)", "Recognition" and "Quality Assurance".
He said that the countries in the European Higher Education Area were evaluated in three categories in "The European Higher Education Area in 2018: Bologna Process Implementation Report", adding that Turkey scored 5 out of 5 in three topics, "Qualifications Framework", "ECTS System and "Diploma Supplement", which are listed under the main category of the "Development of Degree Structures".
The Higher Education Quality Board will become a member of the European Association for Quality
Assurance in Higher Education
He stated that they did not get the desired score for "Quality Assurance System". He said that it was due to the fact that the Higher Education Quality Board had just been established and that they had been waiting for its outcomes. "We believe that we will also excel in it in the next evaluation. The Higher Education Quality Board will become a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. As you know, we made structural changes needed for quality assurance and established a quality board, which is autonomous in terms of administration and finance. After the Higher Education Quality Board, one of the most important projects of the new CoHE, is accepted as a member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, we hope that we will achieve the results we aimed for in this field by 2020," he said.
He noted that Turkey received a score equal to the mean score of the member states in the field of "Student Participation in Quality Assessment" and a full score in the field of "Openness to International Assessment Processes". He added that Turkey is among the countries that makes progress as much as the average of member states in recognition processes.
CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç noted that the next Ministerial Conference would take place in Italy in 2020, adding that they set new priorities in order to make more qualified and inclusive higher education systems that meet the current needs and adapt to the digitalizing world.