İspanya Büyükelçisi YÖK Başkanı'nı Ziyaret Etti

 

 

5 Şubat 2015/Ankara

 

 

İspanya Büyükelçisi, Rafael Mendivil Peydro, 05 Şubat 2015 tarihinde Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanı, Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç'ı ziyaret etti.

 

 

 

 

Görüşmede, yükseköğretim alanında Türkiye ile İspanya arasındaki işbirliğinin geliştirilmesi konuları ele alındı.

 

Ayrıca, Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığı (YÖK) ile İspanya'nın ilgili Bakanlığı arasında yükseköğretim alanında işbirliği anlaşmaları (Memorandum of Understanding) yapılması da gündeme getirildi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Portekiz Büyükelçisi'nden YÖK Başkanı'na Ziyaret

 

 

5 Şubat 2015/Ankara

 

 

Portekiz Büyükelçisi, Jorge Cabral, 05 Şubat 2015 tarihinde Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanı, Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç'a ziyarette bulundu.

 

 

 

 

Cabral'ın yeni görevinden dolayı Saraç'ı tebrik ettiği toplantıda, yükseköğretim alanında Türkiye ile Portekiz arasındaki işbirliği çalışmalarının geliştirilmesi konuları görüşüldü. ​

 

Ayrıca, Portekiz'in ilgili Bakanlığı ile Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığı (YÖK) arasında yükseköğretim alanında işbirliği anlaşmaları (Memorandum of Understanding) yapılması da gündemde yerini aldı.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


YÖK Başkanı Saraç, Fas Büyükelçisi'ni Kabul Etti

 

 

27 Ocak 2015/Ankara

 

 

 

 

YÖK Başkanı Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, 27 Ocak 2015 tarihinde Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanlığında Fas Büyükelçisi Lofti AOUAD ile bir görüşme gerçekleştirdi.

 

Görüşmede Türkiye ile Fas arasındaki Yükseköğretim alanında yapılması hedeflenen muhtemel işbirliği konuları ele alındı.

 

 

 

 

Ayrıca Fas Büyükelçisi Lofti AOUAD, gerçekleştirdiği ziyaretinde YÖK Başkanı Yekta Saraç'ı yeni görevinden dolayı tebrik etti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


YÖK ile YÖDAK Arasında İşbirliği Protokolü

 

 

20 Ocak 2015/Ankara

 

 

Yükseköğretim Kurulu, Kıbrıs'taki üniversitelerin bilimsel ve akademik altyapısına destek vermek amacıyla YÖDAK (Yükseköğretim Planlama, Denetleme, Akreditasyon ve Koordinasyon Kurulu) ile işbirliği protokolü imzaladı.

 

 

 

 

Yükseköğretim Kurulu Başkanı Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç ve YÖDAK Başkanı Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Gökcekuş'un imzaladığı işbirliği protokolü ile Kıbrıs'taki üniversitelerin ulusal anlamda güçlendirilmesi, ihtiyaç duyulan bazı alanlarda öğretim üyesi konusunda destek verilmesi ve eğitim-öğretimin niteliğini yükseltecek faaliyetler konusunda taraflar arasında güç birliği yapılması konularında anlaşmaya varıldı.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


YÖK Başkanı Saraç, Kıbrıs Milli Eğitim Bakanı ile Görüştü

 

 

08.01.2015/Ankara

 

 

 

YÖK Başkanı Yekta Saraç, Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Milli Eğitim Bakanı Özdemir Berova ile görüştü.

 

İzmir üniversiteleri ile KKTC kontenjanlarının belirlenmesi konusunda bir dizi görüşme yapan Berova, Ankara'ya gelerek YÖK Başkanı Saraç ile bu görüşmeleri değerlendirdi.

 

YÖK Başkanı Saraç ile Kıbrıs Milli Eğitim Bakanı Berova Türkiye üniversitelerinde KKTC kontenjanlarının artırımı, lisansüstü ve doktora programlarında işbirliği ve KKTC öğrencilerinin yaşadığı sorunlar hakkında görüştü.

 

KKTC Milli Eğitim Bakanı Özdemir Berova, ziyarette YÖK Başkanı Yekta Saraç'ı yeni görevinden dolayı tebrik ederken Saraç'a hediye takdiminde bulundu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


YÖK Başkanı Saraç, Afganistan Büyükelçisini Kabul Etti

 

 

08.01.2015/Ankara

 

 

 

YÖK Başkanı Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, Afganistan Büyükelçisi Dr. Amanullah JAYHOON'u kabul etti.

 

Afganistan Büyükelçisi Amanullah JAYHOON'u, ziyarette YÖK Başkanı Yekta Saraç'ı yeni görevinden dolayı tebrik etti.

 

Ayrıca Afganistan bursu ile Türkiye'de eğitim gören öğrencilerle ilgili konularda görüş alış verişinde bulunuldu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Opening Ceremony of 2017-2018 Academic Year Takes Place at Presidential Complex

September 26, 2017 / Presidential Complex-Ankara

 

The opening ceremony of the 2017-2018 academic year took place under the auspices of CoHE, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex.

 

The "CoHE Excellence Awards", the first academia awards in the history of higher education, were given out at the ceremony which was held at the Beştepe National Congress and Culture Center located at the Presidential Complex.

 

President Erdoğan announced the names of the research universities that were selected under the "Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development Project". About 2,000 people including the rectors of all universities, related ministers, directors of related institutions, ambassadors, senior government officials, and some academics and students attended the ceremony.

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç made speeches in the opening ceremony.

 

CoHE President Saraç began his speech by stating that they were honored to hold the opening ceremony in the presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the respectable ministers and top officials and added that he hoped that the opening ceremonies of the next academic years would be held at the Presidential Complex.

 

President Saraç noted that they tried their best to repair the damages caused by the terrorist organization, which had infiltrated into Turkish universities, after the treacherous coup attempt that took place on July 15, 2016. He said that they restored the peace and security in universities.

 

He mentioned the activities of CoHE such as the Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development Project, 100/2000 CoHE Doctoral Scholarship Project, CoHE supports aimed at the fields of engineering and fundamental sciences, special student status for the wives and children of martyrs, establishment of Quality Board that has gained administrative and financial autonomy, YOKDIL exams, major changes in ALES and easy access for disabled students and said:

 

"The activities for "Forming the Higher Education Area of the Islamic World" and "CoHE Excellence Awards" were high on the agenda and most of them were finalized. I would like to specifically point out that the occupation rate for the fields of fundamental sciences, which we sincerely believe are of utmost importance for the future of Turkey, has reached 100% this year. We will also establish honors classes for fundamental sciences. We consider it as a new and exciting project for fundamental sciences.

 

As for international relations, we made visits and received guests in order to have academic, strategic and employment-oriented cooperation and explain the 15 July coup attempt to the international academic community. We have shaped our international relations not with a simple understanding for benefits but with humanitarian and conscientious policies.

 

We also took another important step. A major reform, which would provide solutions for many chronic problems of higher education, was carried out silently after the Grand National Assembly of Turkey adopted the proposals of CoHE for the radical construction of higher education policies in June 2017. I would like to express my gratitude, in your presence, to the Minister of National Education, the Minister of Development, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Finance, all the other members of our governments, the Prime Minister in particular, for adopting our proposals and supporting us."

 

CoHE President Saraç noted that the topic of "research universities", which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan laid emphasis on in the opening ceremony of the academic year the previous year, was the most important topic among their goals for the 2017-2018 academic year and said, "Research universities are our main goals that will help us take the achievements earned in the history of the Republic of Turkey further while the academia integrates the young generations into the system for the development of Turkey."

 

CoHE President stated that a research university is an institution that has determined a mission and strategic roadmap and can carry out its work discipline in accordance with that plan. He underlined that it would not only aim for excellence in research but also aim for the best result in the production, transfer and sharing of education and knowledge.

 

CoHE President Saraç said that he sincerely believed that Turkish higher education system which had improved greatly in recent years would take the long-awaited leap with this project and said:

 

"I would like to say that we also took very important steps towards the internationalization of Turkish higher education. The number of international memorandums of understanding the new CoHE has signed at ministerial level in the last three years is almost twice the number of memorandums of understandings signed in 32 years. CoHE started to grant scholarships to international students through a new concept that was implemented for the first time in Turkey. We, as CoHE, are now carrying out international research projects. We select target countries and make agreements for various purposes. All these efforts will provide important contributions to the visibility and power of Turkey in the international arena.

 

We know that Turkish universities are among the most important institutions that will give us, the state and nation, strength. We sincerely agree with your statement. A university that is detached from the public, cities, and the values and problems of the people cannot be beneficial to neither its own students nor to the country. We wanted to reward the efforts that will contribute to the strong future of the state and the country as we believe that successful people will do their best if their efforts are appreciated. These awards simply indicate that we value every individual of Turkish academia who works for our country which we deeply love."

 

CoHE President said that they, as the academic community, were committed to supporting the considerable efforts that Turkey has taken towards its development to overcome the challenges of the rapidly changing world. He concluded his speech by saying that they took strength from the guidance and support of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in all their projects and goals.

 

Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç. (In Turkish)

 

President Erdoğan began his speech by saying that he hoped the event, which was hold for the first time the previous year, would be held every year and wished the best for all academics and students in the new academic year.

 

He reinforced that the mission differentiation and specialization is one of the ways to enhance the quality of the higher education system, noting that he announced the names of five pilot universities chosen for regional development within the scope of the project that had been carried out under the coordination of CoHE.

 

President Erdoğan noted that research universities that would represent Turkey in the highest level in the international arena had to be selected and supported privately. He added that Turkey had to gain a stronger position in the international arena.

 

He said that they also needed to establish a quality board for higher education, another topic that he emphasized in the previous event. He continued:

 

"I am pleased to say that we have reached an important milestone in all these topics. We determined some research universities within the scope of the mission differentiation and specialization project. Now, I would like to announce the names of these universities in alphabetical order: Ankara University, Boğaziçi University, Erciyes University Gazi University, Gebze Technical University, Hacettepe University, Istanbul University, Istanbul Technical University, Izmir Institute of Technology and Middle East Technical University. The universities that are in the reserve list are as follows: Çukurova University, Ege University, Selçuk University, Uludağ University and Yıldız Technical University. I want to remind the research universities that they were given the important task of achieving our goals in the field of higher education."

 

President Erdoğan stated that he had been closely following the innovative works of CoHE that would take universities to a level where they could compete with other universities in the world and said:

 

"I believe that the problems related to the planning of higher education programs, quotas and vocational schools will be solved as the Council of Higher Education will be in charge of the coordination. Important steps are also taken for the cooperation between universities and the private sector which has not reached the desired level. We paved the way for the establishment of vocational schools in organized industrial zones in order to promote training at workplaces in the field of science and engineering. In fact, we brought up these topics to the agenda 15-20 years ago. However, it took a long time for them to be implemented. Many arrangements in developed countries such as technology transfer offices, sabbatical leaves and the employment of postdoctoral researchers have started to be implemented in Turkey. I would like to thank the Council of Higher Education and all related ministries that has contributed to the process. We are ready to take steps to solve the other issues of Turkish universities. In return, we have a request from the universities. We want them to speed up the production of science and contribute to the development of Turkey more. When CoHE informs the government and the public about the developments by presenting the scientific performances of Turkish universities objectively, the projects will be carried out smoothly."

 

President Erdoğan emphasized that it was especially necessary to conduct activities aimed at enhancing the quality of teachers and stated that they must set out an action plan after discussing it with the Ministry of National Education. "We are looking for new ways when we cannot get the results we want in education and training. Even though we have changed the examination system so many times, we are yet to please teachers, students and their parents. We cannot think of solving these problems like a mathematical operation. It is sociological. It is clearly seen that we could not get the results we wanted about the curriculum and textbooks despite the last changes. We have to solve this issue one way or another," he said.

 

President Erdoğan pointed out that one of the issues that needed to be emphasized was the quality of teachers and noted that CoHE's project that provides high quality education for the most successful students in fundamental sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology was a step taken for this purpose.

 

President Erdoğan also stated that it would be beneficial to come up with new approaches that would facilitate the workload of students related to the Higher Education Examination (YGS) and thanked CoHE President for the goods news he has given in his speech.

 

CoHE President Saraç and some students from Istanbul University, Ardahan University, Konya University, Necmettin Erbakan University, Hacettepe University and Bilkent University presented a bouquet of flowers to President Erdoğan on behalf of all the students.

 

Following the ceremony, President Erdoğan presented certificates to the rectors of the research universities that were announced within the scope of the "Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development Project". The Council of Higher Education launched the project after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave instructions about it in the opening ceremony of the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

Ankara University, Boğaziçi University, Erciyes University, Gazi University, Gebze Technical University, Hacettepe University, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul University, Izmir Institute of Technology and Middle East Technical University were chosen as research universities and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented certificates to the rectors of these universities.

 

The award ceremony of the CoHE Excellence Awards, which the Council of Higher Education realized in order to encourage the studies, projects, theses and activities related to community service which are carried out through scientific studies by universities, was held for the first time.

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the awards. They were given in two categories: Individual Awards and Institutional Awards. The Individual Awards were given in Social and Human Sciences, Science and Engineering and Health Sciences. The Institutional Awards were given in Community Service, Regional Development, University-Private Sector and International Cooperation.

 


Ambassador of Italy Visits CoHE

 

September 21, 2017 / Ankara

 

Luigi Mattiolo, Ambassador of Italy to Ankara, met with CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç.

 

 

 

 

They discussed the relations between Turkey and Italy in the field of higher education in the meeting that took place at CoHE.

 

They also agreed to work on promoting the relations in higher education between the two countries in every field.

 


Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Meets CoHE President

 

September 7, 2017 / Ankara

 

Walid Bin Abdul Karim El Khereiji, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Ankara, met with CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç.

 

They discussed the topics related to the cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the field of higher education.

 

They also exchanged ideas on the steps to be taken in order to develop the cooperation between the two countries in higher education.


Ambassador of Rwanda Meets CoHE President

August 2, 2017 / Ankara

 

Williams Nkurunziza, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Ankara, met with CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç.

 

They discussed the cooperation between Turkey and Rwanda in the field of higher education in the meeting that took place at CoHE.

 

 

 


Ankara Statement for the Forum Entitled “Forming the Higher Education Area of the Islamic World” Announced

July 27, 2017 / Ankara

 

The panel entitled "Evaluation of the Panel Sessions and Future Prospects" was held on the second day of the "Vice Chancellors' Forum" which was organized by the Council of Higher Education with the participation of the university rectors of the Islamic countries with the aim of developing cooperation between higher education systems and universities in the Islamic world.

 

The evaluation of the panel sessions entitled "Quality Framework and Quality Assurance", "Credit Transfer System and Mobility", "QA Agencies and Recognition and Equivalency" and "Joint/Dual/Double Degree Programs" were discussed in the panel.

 

After the panel session, CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç read out the joint statement which contained a summary of the topics discussed in the meeting.

 

Click here to view the Ankara Statement for the forum entitled "Forming the Higher Education Area of the Islamic World". (In Turkish)

 

Following the announcement, Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç answered the questions of the journalists.

 

CoHE President Saraç stated that they decided to form a working group after the statement of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about assistant professorship and have started to work on the matter.

 

CoHE President Saraç noted that CoHE will pay the utmost attention to ensure that the current assistant professors will not be affected negatively by this change and said, "I would like to say here that a concrete proposal will be made in a short span of time. We will initially pay attention in order not to affect the current assistant professors negatively and to make a brand-new change in the higher education system. The words of the President on this matter in terms of making a brand-new change guided us."

 


Panels Held on First Day of Vice Chancellors’ Forum

July 26, 2017 / Ankara

 

Four panels were held on the first day of the "Vice Chancellors' Forum" which will last for two days with the participation of the university rectors of the Islamic countries with the aim of forming a new higher education area among the Islamic countries and establishing collaborations accordingly.

 

The forum entitled "Forming the Higher Education Area of the Islamic World" started with a ceremony held in the Presidential Complex under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

 

After the opening ceremony, panels were held at Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center.

 

In addition to CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, directors of public institutions, Turkish ambassadors to Islamic countries, CoHE members, 120 university rectors from more than 30 Islamic countries, university rectors of state and foundation universities in Turkey and CoHE officials attended the panels.

 

CoHE President Saraç made a speech at the opening of the panels.

 

CoHE President Saraç said that the forum, which was organized to develop cooperation between higher education systems and universities in the Islamic world, was an important opportunity to solve the problems of higher education in the Islamic world.

 

CoHE President stated that the meeting would be carried out as a forum rather than a conference, the standard statements would not be included and that it would be carried out through interactive discussions.

 

President Saraç said that they aim to form a new higher education area among the Islamic countries without drifting away from the Bologna Process. He added that they know that the universities in the Western countries have been carrying out joint degree programs with many universities in the Islamic world but that they do not do the same among themselves.

 

CoHE President Saraç noted that quality framework and quality assurance, credit transfer system and mobility, QA agencies and recognition and equivalency and joint/dual/double degree programs were the topics that would be discussed by the rectors of the Islamic world and said:

 

"With the common higher education system to be formed among the Islamic countries in this manner, the mobility of students and graduates will be possible. Thus, students will be able to spend certain periods of their education at a university in a different Islamic country without losing a period of study. This will lead to significant gains in many aspects, primarily academic and cultural gains.

 

Joint degree programs which are considered as a higher level of mobility are also among the topics that will be discussed in this forum. This topic is among the priorities of CoHE. Thanks to these programs, students can have two or even three diplomas within the same duration of study.

 

Initiatives to be launched in this manner will not be limited to student exchange and education process. The exchange of faculty members and researchers will also contribute to the process of increasing cooperation. This will contribute to the power of the Islamic world in science."

 

CoHE President added that the network which will be formed through strong ties will ensure a global higher education system and the independence of the life of science in the Islamic countries. He emphasized that Turkey has the most appropriate potential for this big initiative in the Islamic world.

 

At the end of the second day of the forum, Saraç said that they would summarize the topics they had discussed in the meeting with a final statement and concluded his speech by hoping to establish a common perspective among the countries.

 

Following the speech of President Saraç, the university rectors and representatives of the Islamic countries gave speeches.

 

The panel sessions entitled "Quality Framework and Quality Assurance", "Credit Transfer System and Mobility", "QA Agencies and Recognition and Equivalency" and "Joint/Dual/Double Degree Programs" were held after the speeches.

 

The first day of the forum was concluded with the dinner hosted by the Governorship of Ankara. It will continue with the evaluation of the panel sessions and future prospects the next day.

 

 


Opening Session of Vice Chancellors’ Forum Takes Place at Presidential Complex

July 26, 2017 / Ankara

 

The opening session of the "Vice Chancellors' Forum" which would be organized for two days by the Council of Higher Education in order to form a new higher education area among the Islamic countries and to establish collaborations accordingly was held under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex.

 

In addition to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, the administrators of ministries and public institutions, the Turkish Ambassadors to the Islamic countries, members of the Council of Higher Education, 120 university rectors from more than 30 Islamic countries, the rectors of state and foundation universities in Turkey and officials from CoHE also participated in the opening session of the forum entitled "Forming the Higher Education Area of the Islamic World".

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç made speeches in the opening session of the forum organized with the aim of initiating institutional cooperation between Islamic countries without drifting away from the Bologna Process, establishing a strong network and forming a research area.

CoHE President Saraç began his speech by saying that they came together for the opening of the forum aimed at forming a new higher education area among the Islamic countries at the Presidential Complex of the Republic of Turkey, which is the symbol of the unity and prosperous future of Turkey, and presented his thanks to all rectors of the Islamic world and participants.

 

CoHE President noted that if CoHE would limit their perspective only to the geographical boundaries of Turkey, they knew that it would not be possible for Turkey to reach the scientific goals aimed at the Islamic world and the world. "We believe that the success of the Great Turkey as a determining actor in the international arena should also be supported by all the institutions of the country. Taking into consideration the scientific history of Turkey, CoHE decided to support the aim of being effective and productive in the international arena with the title ‘Forming a Higher Education Area of the Islamic World'," he said.

 

CoHE President underlined that close collaborations would also contribute to the settlement of crises in the Islamic World, emphasizing that there would be many opportunities after the formation of a common high education area.

 

President Saraç said that CoHE made some important adjustments with the guidance of the President of the Republic of Turkey in order to include young Syrians who were left out of the higher education system into the system and added, "14,000 young Syrians have been receiving higher education. In addition, over 400 Syrian academics have become a part of Turkish universities and the world of science. However, we are also aware of the fact that the contribution would have been more different and effective if the exchange of faculty members and students and the academia of the Islamic countries had had a closer relation."

 

CoHE President Saraç noted that joint graduate qualifications framework, common quality assurance system, common credit transfer system, qualifications and recognition of diplomas were the topics that would be discussed by the rectors of the Islamic world and said:

 

"With the common higher education system to be formed among the Islamic countries in this manner, the mobility of students and graduates will be possible. Thus, students will be able to spend certain periods of their education at a university of a different Islamic country without losing a period of study. This will lead to significant gains in many aspects, primarily academic and cultural gains.

 

Joint degree programs which are considered as a higher level of mobility are also among the topics that will be discussed in this forum. This topic is among the priorities of CoHE. Thanks to these programs, students can have two or even three diplomas within the same duration of study.

 

Initiatives to be launched in this manner will not be limited to student exchange and education process. The exchange of faculty members and researchers will also contribute to the process of increasing cooperation. This will contribute to the power of the Islamic world in science."

 

CoHE President Saraç noted that when they looked at the maps that showed the partnerships of the scientific world in research today, it was seen that the Islamic region was very weak in scientific cooperation and said:

 

"Even though the universities in the Islamic world are carrying out a lot of collaborative studies with the universities in the Western countries, they carry out a limited number of collaborative studies with each other. Overcoming this will also mean breaking the monopolies over science.

 

These monopolies are the obstacles that were deliberately placed before the Islamic countries in order to prevent them to be the pioneers in science and technology production. The national incomes of countries are directly related to the rankings of universities. Even though the Islamic world constitutes 16% of the world population, the ratio of the output of scientific works is 6.9% and the ratio of the exports of high technology products is 3.3%."

 

CoHE President Saraç said that the Mevlana Exchange Program which has been carried out by CoHE with the guidance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan taught them that Islamic countries could realize international exchange programs and projects with their own arrangements and means. He emphasized that Turkey started to get results after realizing some programs and projects.

 

President Saraç noted that when they think of exchange programs, Erasmus is no longer the only exchange program that comes to mind and said, "A total number of 7137 faculty members and students have benefited from the Mevlana Exchange Program between the years of 2013-2017. 4576 faculty members and students that consist of 64% of the total number were exchanged among 26 Islamic countries. The Mevlana Exchange Program makes headway to make Turkish higher education the international pride of Turkish higher education and is also enriched with an exchange format based on common projects that have been currently carried out."

 

CoHE President Saraç concluded his speech by noting that he has full confidence that they could form a higher education system that will consider knowledge as the source of virtue for the happiness and welfare of people by using the common cultural values, the glorious history of science and the experience of sharing common problems of the Islamic world.

 

Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç. (in Turkish)

 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he believed the conference would initiate a new process where problems related to higher education in the region were discussed and new opportunities for cooperation were developed and thanked CoHE President Prof. Dr. Yekta Saraç and his team for organizing the conference.

 

Erdoğan said that the essence of the Islamic civilization is brotherhood and solidarity and to stand together like the bricks of a wall and underlined that it is very painful to see that the Islamic world is on the agenda because of separation instead of unity and conflicts instead of peace.

 

He noted that Muslims are but brothers and that they will not allow borders to divide them and distances to disconnect them from each other. "If we look at it from this perspective, we can see that cultural, political, sectarian and ethnic differences among Muslims are not a handicap, but rather our greatest wealth and opportunity," he said.

 

"The old people would say ‘The spark of truth would come forth only after the clash of opinions,' said President Erdoğan, adding that the collocutor of that saying is the universities and academia.

 

He underlined that pointing to others as the source of their problems would not make them successful and that Muslims should look at themselves, in particular at their relationship with the sources of information, science and wisdom, to find out why they are in this situation.

 

President Erdoğan noted that the first command of Islam is ‘Iqra!' which means ‘Read!' and that it commands science, not ignorance. He pointed out that the average ratio allocated for education is 5,2% in the OECD countries and that that ratio is not even 1% in the Islamic world. He said that their priority topics were education, health, law and security respectively when they took over the responsibility of administrating the government 15 years before in order to solve that problem.

 

Erdoğan reiterated that they allocated the highest share for education in the budget and stated that they had taken steps to establish a strong education infrastructure in every area, from classrooms to teachers, universities to dorms and scholarships and grants.

 

He asked for a favor of the university rectors in Turkey about a matter which he had talked with CoHE President Saraç. "What is the role of an assistant professor? Please take a look at this situation. It blocks people. In which country can you see that title? I did not see such mechanisms when I did a research on it. That title was created in order to occupy some people. It really creates a barrier for scholars. We need to overcome it and I believe we will," he said.

 

President Erdoğan requested CoHE President Saraç to transform the Mevlana Exchange Program into an ERASMUS-like or even more advanced exchange program for the higher education systems in the Islamic world and stressed that it is also important to give international recognition to the program by including the Islamic countries in the management of the program.

 

President said that the exchange program for academics and students should not be limited to that and that launching joint degree programs was also a requirement. "CoHE has over 250 joint degree programs with the universities in the Western countries. I ask this of CoHE President. I hope at least 15 Turkish universities would lead the way to launch joint/double degree programs on undergraduate and graduate level with the universities that have attended this meeting," he said.

 

He added that the Turkish Higher Education System has a strong organization with 7,3 million students and 150,000 academics including 75,000 individuals with doctoral degrees in 184 universities and noted that CoHE should share the knowledge and experience of Turkey with the higher education systems in the Islamic countries.

 

President Erdoğan pointed out that there are a handful of institutions from the Islamic countries in the ranking for the top 500 universities in the world, and that the most intelligent students from the Islamic societies are taken by the educational institutions in the Western countries.

 

He emphasized that those students also pay a big amount of money to those countries and said, "We expect them to return to their home countries and serve their own people after completing their academic studies. However, those who complete their studies do not return to their home countries most of the time and remain there. It is for sure that reasons such as not being able to abandon the lifestyles they have gotten used to influence their decision."

 

He concluded his address by saying that he believed that the Islamic world, as the umma of a prophet who first sat in the assembly of scholars before the assembly of dhikr when he went to a masjid, would start to rise from universities.

 

Following the opening session of the meeting, four panels entitled "Quality Framework and Quality Assurance", "Credit Transfer System and Mobility", "QA Agencies and Recognition and Equivalency" and "Joint/Dual/Double Degree Programs" were held at Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center.

 

Click here for the news article published on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey about the opening session of the Vice Chancellors' Forum.

 

 

Başkan Bey'in konuşma metninin bağlantısı: http://www.yok.gov.tr/documents/18755141/30593495/VC_Forum_Acilis_Oturumu_YOK_Baskani_Konusma_Metni.pdf

 

Here - https://www.tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/80060/islam-medeniyetinin-ozu-kardeslik-dayanisma-ve-birbirine-kenetlenmektir.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CoHE President Visits Malaysia

July 11, 2017 / Malaysia

 

CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç and the accompanying delegation paid a one-day visit to Malaysia in order to develop the relations between Turkey and Malaysia in higher education and discuss the implementation process of the "Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education" which was signed with the Ministry of Education of Malaysia.

 

CoHE President Saraç was accompanied by CoHE Deputy President Prof. Hasan Mandal and CoHE Executive Member Prof. Rahmi Er.

 

CoHE President and the accompanying delegation first met with Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, General Director of Higher Education in the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia, and received a briefing on the recent developments in the Malaysian higher education system and future projects.

 

The CoHE Delegation met with Dato Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education of Malaysia, at his office to discuss the topics on the development of relations within the scope of the memorandum of understanding signed in the field of higher education between the two countries. They came to a mutual agreement to form a working group. This working group will be working on the exchange of knowledge and experience among higher education systems, the development of joint exchange programs, the initiation of dual/joint diploma programs and the recognition of diplomas.

The delegation visited Education Malaysia Global Services and received a briefing on the process related to international students in Malaysia.

 

 


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