CoHE President Saraç Says There Will Be More University Quotas

June 22, 2017

 

Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, President of the Council of Higher Education, made a statement on quotas for universities.

 

CoHE President Saraç said, "This year, there will be approximately 58,284 more quotas for university students compared to the previous year. There will be a total of 910,680 quotas, including 473,776 quotas for undergraduate programs and 436,904 quotas for associate degree programs."

 

President Saraç stated that students will start to make their selections after the completion of the YGS and LYS period and said, "We hope that they will be placed in the best programs they have deserved to be placed in based on their efforts."

 

He noted that the system for the admission to higher education was regulated on qualifications and said, "There is a consensus among the society that these exams are mechanisms that secure the justice even though some improvements have been brought to agenda from time to time." 

 

Saraç stated that Turkey has a young population and that the demand for universities has been increasing every year. "Supply should also be shaped accordingly. However, CoHE has a very difficult task. This demand may not always be a rational reality for the country. In this respect, CoHE has to manage this request in a rational way," said Saraç.

 

Saraç noted that there was a radical increase in quotas for university 7-8 years ago but that this radical increase could not be realized in the last two years. He said that they have tried to work on studies based on fields and that they are also trying to pay attention to employment opportunities.

 

CoHE President Saraç pointed out that CoHE tries to look at the competency of academic staff from different perspectives which have not been looked from in recent years for the programs that will accept students while determining the quotas and said:

 

"We will pay more attention to this matter this year. We want to make sure that the programs that we have directed our students to will be able to provide the qualifications they have initially promised to offer. Therefore, we will have a number of inspections, evaluations and audits throughout the year."

 

CoHE President said the following regarding the quotas for universities this year: "When we look at the quotas for university students, we see that 58,284 more quotas were added this year. 41,023 quotas were added to state universities, 15,287 quotas were added to foundation universities and 2,065 quotas were added to the universities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. While 91 quotas for undergraduate programs in international universities were deducted, there has not been a change in the number of quotas for associate degree programs. When we look at the total sum, we can see that 58,284 quotas were added."

 

Open Education Programs

 

President Saraç emphasized that open education programs are designed to provide the same qualifications as formal programs and said that Anadolu University accepted the requests of CoHE for the measurement and evaluation of open education programs.

President Saraç noted that over 24,000 quotas were added to open education programs and said, "We are trying to keep the measuring and evaluation process in open education programs at the same level as the measuring and evaluation process in formal programs. We attach importance to this matter."

"Compare universities and programs"

 

Saraç noted that some data such as the number of faculty members and accreditation will be announced in the university selection guide of this year and said, "We want students and their parents to make conscious selections and comparisons. We believe it is important that they benefit from the CoHE Program Atlas."

 

CoHE President also said the following:

 

"When students make their selections, they should pay attention to the graduates of programs. We provide some statistics on the achievements of the graduates. We will provide this information this year as well. These are important matters. The accreditation of programs is important. Students and their parents should not be content with the minimum conditions of universities. They need to search and look at additional positive sides."

 

CoHE President stated that when state and foundation universities were compared according to the increase in quotas, it was seen that foundation universities had more quotas than state universities.

 

University Quotas for 2016 and 2017

 

The total number of quotas was 852,396 last year. The number of quotas for undergraduate programs was 449,018 and the number of quotas for associate degree programs was 403,378.

 

There will be a total of 910,680 quotas including 473,776 quotas for undergraduate programs and 436,904 quotas for associate degree programs in 2017-OSYS."

 

58,264 more quotas will be reserved this year, including 24,758 quotas for undergraduate programs and 33,526 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

State universities

 

The number of quotas reserved for state universities was 678,696 in total, consisting of 358,880 quotas for undergraduate programs and 319,816 quotas for associate degree programs last year. This year, the total number of quotas for state universities is 719,719, consisting of 373,651 quotas for undergraduate programs and 346,068 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

41,023 more quotas will be reserved for state universities this year, consisting of 14,771 quotas for undergraduate programs and 26,252 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

Foundation universities

 

The number of quotas reserved for foundation universities was 153,544 in total, consisting of 75,390 quotas for undergraduate programs and 78,154 quotas for associate degree programs last year. This year, the total number of quotas for foundation universities is 168,831, consisting of 83,536 quotas for undergraduate programs and 85,295 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

15,287 more quotas will be reserved for foundation universities this year, consisting of 8,146 quotas for undergraduate programs and 7,141 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

Universities in TRNC

 

The number of quotas reserved for the universities in TRNC was 18,266 in total, consisting of 12,958 quotas for undergraduate programs and 5,308 quotas for associate degree programs last year. This year, 14,890 quotas are reserved for undergraduate programs and 5,441 quotas are reserved for associate degree programs. The number of quotas to be reserved for the universities in TRNC will be 20,331 this year. 2,065 more quotas will be reserved for these universities.

 

Universities Abroad

 

The number of quotas reserved for universities abroad was 1,890 in 2016, consisting of 1,790 quotas for undergraduate programs and 100 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

The number of quotas to be reserved for universities abroad will be 1,799 this year. 1,699 quotas will be reserved for undergraduate programs and 100 quotas will be reserved for associate degree programs. Even though 91 quotas were deducted this year, there has not been any changes for associate degree programs.

 

Number of quotas for open education has also increased

 

On the other hand, the number of quotas reserved for undergraduate programs in open education was 169,615 in total, consisting of 56,277 quotas for undergraduate programs and 113,338 quotas for associate degree programs last year. The number of quotas to be reserved for undergraduate programs in open education will be 194,158, consisting of 69,089 quotas for undergraduate programs and 125,069 quotas for associate degree programs this year.

 

24,543 more quotas will be reserved for open education this year, consisting of 12,812 quotas for undergraduate programs and 11,731 quotas for associate degree programs.

 

Source: Anadolu Agency