Vaccine Panel Held at CoHE

September 5, 2018 / Ankara


The Council of Higher Education held the "Vaccine Panel". The current situation of research activities on vaccine related studies, vaccine production and technology in Turkey were discussed in the panel.


CoHE Deputy Presidents, Prof. Dr. Safa Kapıcıoğlu and Prof. Dr. Rahmi Er, CoHE members, CoHE officials, and rectors, vice rectors and academics from research universities participated in the panel.


More People to be Trained about Vaccination


CoHE Executive Board Member Prof. Dr. Zeliha Koçak Tufan noted that topics such as vaccine related studies, molecular pharmacology and drug research are listed as priority fields within the scope of "100/2000 CoHE Doctoral Scholarship Program" and "Research Scholarship for Doctoral Studies Abroad for Research Assistants (YOK-YUDAB)", which were developed in order to train more people with doctorate degrees in recent years by CoHE,


Tufan stated that they were discussing the potential of universities in various fields such as vaccine related studies, vaccine production and technology in the panel and said, "We will continue to come together with various stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Turkish Medicine and Medical Devices Agency, TUBITAK, and research universities".


She also expressed that the inclusion of these subjects in both national and international doctoral studies in priority fields would provide the ecosystem required for drug and vaccine development.


She pointed out the importance of the development of vaccine and drug production in Turkey and said, "Our goal is to train more qualified staff and to encourage Turkish universities to conduct studies, particularly in the fields of vaccination and drugs that will allow production technologies in our country. We also would like to steer research centers to carry out studies in these subjects, especially in the processes of education and training, and research and development activities."


Tufan said that they would do an evaluation at the end of the panel and that they would continue working on concrete proposals.


Stakeholders shared their opinions in the panel


The panel was held in two sessions, namely "Current Situation of Vaccine Studies and Vaccine in Turkey" and "Our R&D Potential, Solution Proposals and Future Prospects".


The first session focused on human resources, infrastructure and research centers, the status of vaccine related studies, the current need for vaccination and the current status of vaccine supplies. Speakers from Hacettepe University, Gazi University and Erciyes University participated in the panel.


The representatives of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Administration of Turkey, TUBITAK and Health Institutes of Turkey shared their opinions and proposals with the participants in the second session of the panel.


The panel focused on the proposals and measures for developing vaccine related studies, increasing R&D activities, and fulfilling the need for trained human resources at universities.


It was also noted that a vaccine institute had recently been established at Hacettepe University and that many universities such as Gazi University, Dokuz Eylül University, Yıldız Technical University, Erciyes University, and Boğaziçi University had initiated important studies in different fields related to vaccination.



Source: Anadolu Agency



Turkish Physical Society Awards CoHE President with Special Honor Award

September 5, 2018 / Muğla


The Board of the Turkish Physical Society awarded CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç with the "Special Honor Award".


The "Turkish Physics Society Special Honor Award", which will be awarded for the seventh time this year, was presented to CoHE President Saraç at the opening ceremony of the 34th International Physics Congress of the Turkish Physics Society, which will be held in Muğla on 5-9 September 2018.


The award has been given to those who contributed to the promotion of physics and raised awareness in the field of science and technology in the community since 2012. CoHE President Saraç was given the award for the establishment of YOK-TEBIP Honors Classes initiated by the Council of Higher Education for the development of fundamental sciences, the initiation of a scholarship program aimed at students wishing to study fundamental sciences and his efforts to train successful students as scientists as much as possible.


CoHE President Saraç began his speech by extending his thanks to everyone involved in the preparation of the ceremony for their efforts and for their kind invitation.


CoHE President Saraç stated that there had been extraordinary and stunning changes related to the structure of universities and higher education in the globalizing/globalized world in the last 20 years and emphasized that the Council of Higher Education brought innovation to the structure of universities in Turkey with many projects within the framework of new concepts such as 21st century curriculum, 4.0 industrial revolution, sustainable development, digital flow, regional development, smart specialization.


He noted that they determined four main projects for the structural change in higher education, which are the establishment of the Quality Board, Mission Differentiation and Specialization, Target-Oriented Internationalization and 100/2000 CoHE Doctoral Scholarship Project.


He said that he wanted to give some statistics about the current state of physics programs before talking about the incentive and supportive arrangements in fundamental sciences. "5.692 students are currently enrolled in physics programs. 5.514 of them are studying at 44 state universities and 178 of them are studying at four foundation universities. 946 students were placed in physics programs last year. 1.032 students are placed in physics programs this year," he said.


He stated that the total number of academic staff in physics programs is 1.200, including 846 faculty members, 63 teaching fellows and 291 research assistants and that these figures are getting better each day.


He reiterated that 36 departments of physics at 32 state and four foundation universities had accepted students last year. "48 departments of physics are accepting students at 44 state and four foundation universities this year. Twelve physics programs will be opened. As you know, there was a time when there were many unused quotas left in the physics programs of some universities due to loss of interest in basic sciences. This situation has turned into a positive outcome with the contributions of you, the previous academics, and physicists," he said.


He emphasized that they knew that the results of YKS, which were announced last week, were not at a desired level in terms of fundamental sciences and said that they had been making some arrangements in this context.


CoHE President Saraç concluded his speech by saying that they, as the Council of Higher Education, would continue to pay attention to fundamental sciences and support them in every way possible.


Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç. (In Turkish)


The congress will last for five days and physics faculty members from universities, foreign and Turkish speakers, graduate students and scientists and researchers from the industry will attend the event.


The main themes of the congress will be Astrophysics and Cosmology, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Energy, Physics Education and Philosophy, Statistical Physics, Mathematical Physics, Medical Physics, Nuclear Physics, Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, and High Energy and Plasma Physics.



2018-YKS Report

August 31, 2018


Click here for the report on the placement results of the 2018 Higher Education Institutions Exam. (In Turkish)

YOK Atlas Becomes Guidance Teacher for Applicants during Selection Period

August 17, 2018 / Ankara


The Higher Education Program Atlas (YOK Atlas), which was introduced by CoHE President Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç on March 10, 2016, was brought into service at


Undergraduate Atlas, Associate Degree Atlas and Graduate Ranking Atlas are included in the YOK Atlas Program. Undergraduate Atlas shows the scores and success rankings of the students placed in undergraduate programs, high schools they have graduated from, regions they came from, faculty members in charge of the programs, international students, Erasmus mobility, and many other details. Associate Degree Atlas shows the distribution of those placed in associate degree programs through open admission and by using YGS scores, their YGS scores, high schools they have graduated from, their fields of study in high school, faculty members in charge of the programs, number of graduates of previous years, statistical data of transfers, and much more. Those who graduated from undergraduate programs that are listed in the selection guide can see their success ranking in central specialty exams (KPSS-1, KPSS-2, TUS-1, TUS-2, TUS-KP and AP-AYB) through the Graduate Ranking Atlas.



- 12 million people have used it so far


YOK Atlas , which was developed by the new student-friendly CoHE in order to help students take more conscious decisions while choosing their universities and professions and acts almost as a guidance teacher, have been used by 12 million 170 thousand people since its launch.


The system, which was first used during the 2016-OSYS process, has become the most important source of information that was frequently used by university applicants during the 2018-YKS selection period, as it was during the selection period in 2017.



- The Number of Users of YOK Atlas Reached 2 Million


When the selection periods of 2016, 2017 and 2018 are examined, it is revealed that YOK Atlas has become an essential source of information for university applicants and counsellors. The program was used by 940 thousand people during its first year of operation and this figure has reached nearly 2 million this year.


1 million 963 thousand users accessed the system during the selection period of the Higher Education Institutions Exam (July 31 – August 14). It is expected for 2,2 million applicants to use the system until the end of September which is the additional placement period.



- Users accessed the system mostly through mobile phones and tablets


38% of the users used their computers to access the system and 62% of them used their mobile phones or tablets.



- The names of the provinces the users accessed the system from are as follows:


  • 25% of the users accessed the system from Istanbul.
  • 17% of the users accessed the system from Ankara.
  • 8.3% of the users accessed the system from Izmir.
  • 6% of the users accessed the system from Adana.
  • 4.2% of the users accessed the system from Antalya.
  • 3.4% of the users accessed the system from Bursa.
  • 3.3% of the users accessed the system from Gaziantep.


- Applicants looked into eight fields of study on average


According to the statistics collected from the duration of stay of candidates on the system and their search tracks, candidates spent an average of 7 minutes and 55 seconds on the site during the selection period of YKS, and looked into an average of eight fields of study. Two out of every three applicants using the system went online at least once again to use the system.



- The fields of study that drew great interest were medicine, law and computer engineering


The data suggests that applicants who will choose an undergraduate program this year looked into "Medicine", "Law" and "Computer engineering" the most.


The fields of study that drew great interest of the applicants looking into associate degree programs were "First and Emergency Aid", "Anesthesia" and "Medical Imaging Techniques".


- The status of Bachelor's and Associate Degree Programs in 2018


The programs that were looked into the most in Undergraduate and Associate Degree Atlas are as follows:


- Comparison of the Interest Shown Towards Undergraduate/Associate Degree Programs (2017-2018)

Good News for Students who will Benefit from Paid Military Exemption

CoHE: "There will not be an adverse effect on the education of students who will benefit from paid military exemption"


August 16, 2018


The cover letter of the Ministry of National Defense on paid military exemption was discussed at the CoHE Executive Board Meeting.


It was decided that higher education students who will be recruited in the army for 21 days of basic military training within the scope of Provisional Article 55 shall be considered to be on administrative leave during the period of military training and granted a make-up exam in case the basic military training coincides with midterm exams or finals. It was also decided that universities should take necessary measurements so that students will not be affected negatively.


CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç had stated that he discussed the measures with Minister Akar during his visit to the Office of Hulusi Akar to congratulate his appointment as the Ministry of National Defense.