CoHE to Keep Issue of Unemployed University Graduates in Check
December 8, 2017
CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç noted that the Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs and Coordination Board for Vocational Schools –their regulations were released in order to put a halt to the growth in the number of unemployed university graduates in Turkey- would work in coordination with the ministries, other institutions and the business world. He pointed out that the issues of unemployed university graduates and the lack of workforce in required fields would be among the priority topics that needed to be resolved in the near future.
President Saraç made a statement on the events to be carried out within the scope of the Regulations of the Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs and Coordination Board for Vocational Schools, which entered into force after being released in the Official Gazette.
He noted that they included many adjustments related to higher education in the Production Reform Package and that they had previously announced those adjustments as "Silent Revolution in Higher Education".
He stated that the realization of the articles stated in the Production Reform Package was considered as the realization of a silent revolution. He said that this would steer universities to become a part of a more competitive atmosphere at all levels and they would center quality on growth in higher education.
He noted that CoHE would delegate or share some of its duties according to the articles, indicating that it would take decisions in a more participatory way and its decisions would be open to the external stakeholders.
The business world will also have a say in the planning process
President Saraç stated that Turkey was ranked second in 137 countries in the rates of access to higher education and that there were no problems regarding the access to higher education according to the 2017-2018 Report of the World Economic Forum. He also pointed out that unemployed university graduates could become one of the most important issues in the years ahead in Turkey.
"The issues of unemployed university graduates and the lack of workforce in required fields will be among the priority topics that will need to be resolved in the near future. The relation between graduates and employment is of great importance in terms of global competitiveness of Turkey. In this context, the Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs and Coordination Board for Vocational Schools –their regulations were released in order to put a halt to the growth in the number of unemployed university graduates in Turkey- would work in coordination with the ministries, other institutions and the business world through TOBB. Therefore, we will reveal the qualified work force needed by the country and make plans related to Turkish universities accordingly."
He underlined that CoHE could not take all the responsibility for determining university quotas and higher education programs to be established and said, "These boards will allow CoHE to plan the quotas in a more rational and participatory way after receiving the opinions of the other stakeholders."
President Saraç pointed out that the development of Turkey could not depend solely on the increase of the number of university graduates in the near future, emphasizing the importance of skill-based teaching in the development of the country.
He stated that the two boards that will be active in various fields, from quota planning to employment-oriented policies in higher education programs, are a part of the process of the transfer of CoHE's duties and said, "As the new CoHE, we will continue the process of authority transfer and sharing."