CoHE President Meets Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education of Somalia at CoHE

October 16, 2018/Ankara

 

CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç met with Abdullahi Godah Barre, Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education of Somalia.

 

The Somali delegation included Somali Ambassador to Ankara, Jama Abdullahi Mohamed, and Somali Embassy's Cultural Attache, Abdulaziz Abdirahman Hasan. CoHE Deputy President Prof. Dr. Rahmi Er was also present in the meeting.

 

They exchanged views on the relations between Turkey and Somalia in the field of higher education.

 

They discussed the status of Somali students who are receiving education in Turkey, support to be provided to Somali universities for capacity enhancement, vocational training in several fields and training of instructors.

 

 


CoHE Signs Agreement With Romania on Strategic Collaboration in The Field of Higher Education

October 15, 2018 / Ankara

 

Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, President of the Council of Higher Education, attended the signing ceremony held at the Presidential Palace to sign the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of higher education between Turkey and Romania.

 

The signing ceremony took place after the joint press conference between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, who was on an official visit to Turkey to make bilateral agreements, and the talks between the delegations.

 

Rovana Plumb, interim Minister of National Education of Romania, and Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, President of the Council of Higher Education, signed the memorandum of understanding in the field of higher education for Romania and Turkey respectively.

 

The memorandum of understanding aims to establish a strategic cooperation between the two countries to improve relations in the field of higher education.

 

 


CoHE Delivers Good News for Engineering Students

October 7, 2018

 

The Council of Higher Education (CoHE) has decided that e-signed graduation certificates would be considered as original copies and could be substituted for original signed documents during applications to chambers of engineers.

 

The Council decided that e-signed graduation certificates, which were not accepted by some chambers of engineers, would be considered as original copies and could be substituted for original signed documents.

 

Those who graduated from the faculties of engineering informed CoHE of the doubts of some chambers of engineering regarding the validity of e-signed graduation certificates and CoHE looked into the issue.

 

This issue was discussed at the CoHE General Assembly on October 4, 2018, and it was decided that e-signed graduation certificates submitted by the graduates of engineering faculties should be accepted by the chambers of engineering. CoHE conveyed the decision to chambers of engineers.

 

CoHE officials emphasized that e-signed graduation certificates issued to students were prepared within the framework of digitization policy. According to the decision, these certificates shall be substituted for original signed documents.


Announcement on Additional Placement Results of 2018 Higher Education Institutions Exam

October 28, 2018

 

 

  • 80,425 Applicants Become University Students through Additional Placements
  • Massive Increase in Additional Placements Compared to Last Year
  • Big fall in unused quotas

 

- 80,425 candidates were placed in higher education institutions through additional placements in 2018. 19,155 candidates were placed in undergraduate programs and 61,270 candidates were placed in associate degree programs.

 

- It was observed that there had been an increase in the occupancy rate of additional placements for 2018.

 

- The number of unused quotas has dropped to 114,655 in 2018. This sharp decline in unused quotas indicates the accuracy of the set-up of the new system.

 

- The increase in the number of candidates placed in undergraduate and associate degree programs through additional placements clearly shows how applicants, who could not get into any universities during the first placements, would like to receive higher education.

 

In line with the expectations that we announced in the report on the placement results of the 2018 Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS), formal education has increased to 84.7% and there has been a big fall in unused quotas in 2018.

 

This positive development in general placements has also continued with additional placements as it justified the rational planning based on data, data analyses and surveys conducted on candidates.

 

The placement rate of applicants in quotas reserved for additional placements has become 41.2% in 2018.The number of unused quotas has dropped to 114,655 in 2018. This sharp decline in unused quotas indicates the accuracy of the set-up of the new system.

 

 

- 80,425 Applicants Became University Students through Additional Placements

 

80,425 candidates were placed in higher education institutions through additional placements in 2018. 19,155 candidates were placed in undergraduate programs and 61,270 candidates were places in associate degree programs.

 

 

- The number of applicants placed in state and foundation universities increased

 

According to the data on the additional placements in 2018, the number of candidates placed in the undergraduate programs of state universities is 15,335, and the number of candidates placed in the associate degree programs of state universities is 47,739.

 

According to the data on the additional placements in 2018, the number of candidates placed in the undergraduate programs of foundation universities is 3,147, and the number of candidates placed in the associate degree programs of foundation universities is 12,712.

 

However, the fact that fewer students applied for the quotas allocated for some undergraduate programs also indicates that state and foundation universities should have new criteria when planning the quotas next year.

 

It is clear that there is a tendency towards programs with a high probability of professional practice due to employment concerns. The high occupancy in associate degree programs also confirms this fact. In addition, in contrast to the previous year, the new entry system and the participation of students in associate degree programs as one point type have a great role.

 

 

- There has been an increase in the number of candidates placed in undergraduate and associate degree programs

 

The increase in the number of candidates placed in undergraduate and associate degree programs through additional placements clearly shows how applicants, who could not get into any universities during the first placements, would like to receive higher education. 80,425 candidates had the opportunity to get into higher education institutions without any loss of time through additional placements.

 

 

- There has also been an increase in the occupancy rate in open education

 

22,581 applicants were enrolled in open education programs through additional placements. It is seen that there has been an improvement in open education, similar to the improvement in formal education.

 

 

- YKS brings about favorable results

 

The Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS) brought about favorable results as planned in 2018. It is pleasing to see that a new concept and radical change for Turkey was implemented successfully without any issues and that the candidates have easily adapted to the new system, which brought about favorable results.

 

 


2018 CoHE Excellence Awards

October 3, 2018 / Presidential Palace

 

The award ceremony of the "CoHE Excellence Awards", which the Council of Higher Education realized for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year in order to encourage the studies, projects, theses and activities related to community service of universities that are carried out through scientific studies, was held for the second time.

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the awards to the winners in the opening ceremony of the 2018-2019 academic year that was held by CoHE at the Beştepe National Congress and Culture Center located at the Presidential Palace.

 

CoHE decided to present the Doctoral Thesis of the Year Award that is within the category of "Individual Awards" to both doctoral students and their advisors in order to highlight the relationship between lecturers and students and show that CoHE attaches importance to this subject.

 

The following academics received awards in the category of " Individual Awards" under the "2018 CoHE Excellence Awards":

 

  • In Social and Human Sciences: Dr. Selma Şenel and her thesis advisor Asst. Prof. Dr. Ömer Kutlu for her doctoral thesis on "Assessment and Evaluation" at Ankara University.
  • In Science and Engineering: Dr. Seyhan Uçar and his thesis advisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Öznur Özkasap for his doctoral thesis on "Computer Sceinces and Engineering" at Koç University.
  • In Health Sciences: Dr. Gamze Güney Eskiler and her thesis advisor Prof. Dr. Gülşah Çeçener for her doctoral thesis on "Medical Biology" at Uludağ University.

 

The following academics received awards in the category of " Institutional Awards" under the "2018 CoHE Excellence Awards":

 

  • Public Service Award: Istanbul Medeniyet University was chosen for the award for its application on the detection of the gifted children of families with low socioeconomic status through science and brain teasers at a young age.
  • Contribution to Local Development Award: Hatay Mustafa Kemal University was chosen for the award for its application on silkworm rearing, silk weaving and sustainability proposals.
  • University-Industry Cooperation Award : Niğde Ömer Halis Demir University was chosen for the award for its application on fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.
  • International Cooperation Award: Istanbul Technical University was chosen for the award for its application on its cooperation with Boeing on innovative application and research for aeronautics and space technologies.