First Meeting of Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs Takes Place at CoHE

December 26, 2017 / Ankara


The Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs, which was among the policies called ‘Silent Revolution in Higher Education', had its first meeting chaired by CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç in order to determine the minimum conditions required for the new programs and conduct a needs analysis for the planning of quotas in programs.


Board members from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Health, Social Security Institution and Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey attended the meeting.


Programs and the number of quotas of the programs were discussed in the first meeting of the Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs of which the regulation related to its establishment was prepared by the Council of Higher Education and published in the Official Gazette on December 6, 2017. The advisory board will be working to create and develop employment-oriented policies in the field of higher education.


CoHE President Saraç noted that the Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs was among the regulations listed in the "Production Reform Package" which were defined as the ‘silent revolution in higher education'.


He pointed out that the first meeting of the board marked a first in terms of sharing of authority in the history of CoHE and said, "CoHE shares its authority on the planning of quotas with the relevant public and private sector representatives. The Advisory Board for Higher Education Programs will help take employment-oriented and more rational decisions about the establishment of programs and the planning of quotas by conducting needs analyzes on a local, regional and national level."


He indicated that the board members should take the right decisions with a common sense for the public weal by combining both their achievements and powers.


"Quota planning will be more rational"


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 pointed out that the issues of unemployed university graduates and the lack of workforce in required fields would be among the priority topics that would need to be resolved in the near future.


He said that they were trying to come up with various policies to solve these problems. He underlined that CoHE could not take all the responsibility for determining university quotas and new higher education programs and said, "This board will allow CoHE to plan the quotas in a more rational and participatory way after receiving the opinions of the other stakeholders."


He noted that 7 million 800 thousand students were receiving education in 185 higher education institutions in Turkey, emphasizing that Turkey was ranked second after Russia in terms of the number of students and surpassed Germany in the ranking.


He stated that there had been a huge increase in the number of students who take the university entrance exam, pass the exam and wait for the exam each year in Turkey and said, "University entrance exam has almost become a part of compulsory education. It will surely have benefits for the development of the country. However, we are talking about an area that is becoming more difficulty to manage each day."

He said that the undersecretaries of the related ministries attended the meeting along with the board members, adding that the advisory board would have meetings more frequently due to the importance of the topic and that they decided to hold evaluation meetings with the undersecretaries periodically.


Source: Anadolu Agency