YÖK-TEBİP Evaluation Meeting
January 5, 2018 / Istanbul University
The evaluation meeting of CoHE Fundamental Science Programs (YOK-TEBIP) was held under the chairmanship of CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç on January 5, 2018, at Baltalimanı Social Facility of Istanbul University.
The students enrolled in the honors classes, which were established for the first time by CoHE as part of the YOK-TEBIP within the physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology programs, and the faculty members teaching in these honors classes participated in the meeting.
The aim of the honors classes that were initiated by CoHE as a result of the efforts of CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç is to train the scientists of the future.
Prof. Dr. Yeşim Öktem, Dean of the Faculty of Science at Istanbul University, made a presentation on YOK-TEBIP and presented the statistical data on the program.
YOK-TEBIP Honors Classes Introduced
Prof. Dr. Yeşim Öktem informed the participants about the establishment process of the YOK-TEBIP honors classes and said, "The Executive Board of CoHE decided upon the establishment of the YOK-TEBIP honors classes (Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics) at Istanbul University. Then, CoHE sent emails about the program to 415 students, who took the first three places in the departments of physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics in Turkish universities, on September 15, 2017, and asked for their participation in the program.
We have received applications from 180 students until September 25, 2017. According to the ranking made by CoHE, 113 students were entitled to participate in the program. As a result, we opened the honors classes with the participation of students and their families on October 9, 2017, at Istanbul University."
Prof. Dr. Yeşim Öktem stated that there were 91 students in the honors classes, including 28 students in physics, 12 students in biology, 22 students in chemistry and 24 students in mathematics, and said, "We have received applications from 45 different universities, including Istanbul University. In addition to the faculty members of Istanbul University, faculty members from six different universities are also teaching these students.
70 students were provided accommodation in five dormitories and CoHE provided scholarship worth of 850 TL to each student."
She concluded her speech by saying, "It is an honor to have CoHE Fundamental Science Programs in our university. We set the goal of becoming the best faculty of science in Turkey many years ago. We will continue to be successful in these programs with our precious faculty members, knowledge and experience and train more people like Aziz Sancar in the future."
Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç, President of the Council of Higher Education, Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak, Rector of Istanbul University, and Prof. Dr. Nihat Berker, faculty member at Kadir Has University, made a speech after the presentation.
"YOK-TEBIP is a project that has thrilled and impressed me the most"
CoHE President Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç emphasized that they had realized many new projects during his term of office and said, "The project that has thrilled and impressed me the most was YOK-TEBIP."
"We are introducing new projects which have not been carried out in Turkey in the field of higher education."
We started carrying out our projects as the ‘New CoHE' when we took office. We named ourselves as the ‘New CoHE' because of our working style and manner. Furthermore, we have introduced new projects, which have not been carried out in Turkey in the field of higher education.
As the new CoHE, we established the 'Quality Board' which has been discussed for over 10 years. In addition, we introduced the requirement of success rating which have never been introduced both in Turkey and abroad but have gained the approval of all kind of people with ideas in the academic environment in Turkey. All stakeholders have accepted it. We have launched the '100-2000' project to give scholarships to 2,000 people in 100 fields.
We have been creating doctoral projects for 2,000 people in each call on a national scale in 100 new priority fields that have not been put into practice in Turkey."
"We are building an elitist and success-based structure"
He noted that they had been carrying out studies to boost the programs that had not received enough attention and said, "We started to offer scholarships for successful students. Our goal is to increase the success rate of the class. We want successful students to push the other students up to higher levels as much as possible. As a matter of fact, we have an elitist approach towards higher education. Success determines elitism. We are building an elitist and success-based structure."
"Turkish Higher Education System is undergoing a great change"
"In fact, the Turkish Higher Education System is undergoing a great change. It will take 2 to 4 years to perceive the change. It will take time to see the results of our decisions. When I became the president of the Council of Higher Education, there were no students in fundamental sciences, which consist of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, in more than 20 universities. The point we are at now is the success of the 'New CoHE'. It became possible with perseverance and new ideas."
"The YOK-TEBIP project is a first in Turkey and in the world."
He emphasized that the YOK-TEBIP project is a first in Turkey and in the world and said, "In this project, we established a class for successful students who were placed in the top three in the programs of fundamental sciences in Turkish universities. We have received their applications and showed an elitist approach. The aim of this project is to train scientists in fundamental sciences in addition to training successful students. Our goal is to train scientists for Turkey. This project should have good students and a good structure. The class has an intensive curriculum. Because you are special. We are trying to train you for the future of Turkey."
After the speeches, the students who are enrolled in the honors classes of the CoHE Fundamental Sciences Programs and the faculty members teaching in these honors classes came together for a meal and chatted.