2017 CoHE Excellence Awards
September 26, 2017/Presidential Complex-Ankara
The Council of Higher Education organized the 2017 CoHE Excellence Awards program for the first time in order to encourage the studies, projects, theses and activities related to community service that are carried out through scientific studies by universities.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presented the awards to the winners in the opening ceremony of the 2017-2018 academic year that was held by CoHE at the Beştepe National Congress and Culture Center located at the Presidential Complex.
CoHE decided to present the Doctoral Thesis of the Year Award that is within the category of "Individual Awards" to both doctoral students and their advisors in order to highlight the relationship between lecturers and students and show that CoHE attaches importance to this subject.
The following academics received awards in the category of "Individual Awards" under the "2017 CoHE Excellence Awards":
- In Social and Human Sciences: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bildiren and his thesis advisor Prof. Dr. Tevhide Kargın for his doctoral thesis on "Education of Gifted Children in Special Education".
- In Science and Engineering: Asst. Prof. Dr. Bekir Akgöz and his thesis advisor Prof. Dr. Ömer Civalek for his doctoral thesis on "Solid Mechanics in Civil Engineering".
- In Health Sciences: Dr. Sevinç Kurbanoğlu and her thesis advisor Prof. Dr. Sibel Ayşıl Özkan for her doctoral thesis on "Electrochemistry in Pharmacy".
The following academics received awards in the category of "Institutional Awards" under the "2017 CoHE Excellence Awards":
- Public Service Award: Anadolu University's Rector Prof. Dr. Naci Gündoğan received the award on behalf of Anadolu University. The university was chosen for the award for offering highly influential and sustainable systematical services for disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities, which set an example at the international and national level.
- Contribution to Local Development Award: Gaziosmanpaşa University's Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şahin received the award on behalf of Gaziosmanpaşa University. The university was chosen for the award for cultivating and registering a new cultivar of potato called "Başçiftlik Beyazı", establishing a seed production plant, reducing dependence on foreign sources of seeds and contributing to the socioeconomic development of the region.
- University-Industry Cooperation Award : Istanbul University‘s Rector Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ak received the award on behalf of Istanbul University. The university was chosen for the award for creating an alternative system for the service previously offered abroad for the evaluation and selection of the psychological characteristics of co-pilot trainees of Turkish Airlines, establishing one of the top institutes of aviation psychology in the world and training qualified people in this field within the scope of the cooperation between Istanbul University and Turkish Airlines.
- International Cooperation Award: Middle East Technical University's Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Verşan Kök received the award on behalf of Middle East Technical University. The university was chosen for the award for its innovative cooperation with CERN that took place in 2016. The cooperation, a first for Turkey, will ensure the training of qualified staff and contribute to the progress of Turkey in the space industry.