Completion of Work on Procedures and Principles for Laws Enacted Regarding Arrangements Called "Silent Revolution in Higher Education" (01.02.2018)
Important arrangements which have been expected in the Turkish higher education but could not have been realized for decades were published as part of the Production Reform Package on July 1, 2017. These arrangements will lead Turkish universities to a more competitive environment at all levels, place quality in the center of growth in higher education, ensure that CoHE will take decisions in a more open and sharing manner after transferring some of its authority, promote the process of producing knowledge and training researchers and develop the relations between Turkish universities and the business world. In this way, Turkey will make a leap in higher education. We defined these organizational changes as silent revolution in higher education.
With these arrangements, five regulations, three documents on procedures and principles and two circulars were issued after the intensive work carried out by the Council of Higher Education with the contribution of the related stakeholders.
The arrangements are as follows:
- The Higher Education Quality Board, which is autonomous in terms of administration and finance, was established.
- The Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs was established.
- The Coordination Board for Vocational Schools was established.
- The process for the specialization, aimed at mission differentiation of higher education institutions, was based on legal grounds.
- Vocational schools will be promoted to be opened in organized industrial zones.
- Workplace-based training will be promoted.
- Students doing masters with thesis and doctoral students who will take part in scientific research projects will be awarded scholarships.
- It will be possible for retired faculty members to work under annual contracts in required fields.
- Turkish universities will be able to establish technology transfer companies that are in the same status as equity companies.
- Academics will be able to go on sabbatical leave.
- Academics will be able to work as postdoctoral researchers after the completion of their postdoctoral studies.
"The key factor in our success as the new CoHE is the support we have always received from the esteemed Turkish academics. We hope that we will be more successful in our journey for quality."
We hope that these arrangements, which have been anticipated for many years in the Turkish higher education system, will be beneficial to the Turkish academia.