The July 15 coup attempt is one of the most treacherous events in the political history of our country. The nation, the young and old alike, took it to the streets and that these people averted the treacherous attempt.

Many people from various public institutions, including universities, lost their lives and the institutions took measures against the FETO/PDY terrorist organization.

The Council of Higher Education got in touch with the administrations of all universities right after the atrocious coup attempt, establishing a harmonized cooperation with the institutions and organizations of the state.

The Council of Higher Education made a statement on July 16, 2016. In the statement, we condemned the coup attempt, which was conducted against the national will and would leave a black mark on the history of democracy. Turkish universities, the important defenders of democracy, banded together and reacted to the attempt in order to respect the national will and to protect democracy.

The coup attempt was not supported by neither the society nor the military and was a treacherous coup, which was organized by an organization that infiltrated into all the segments of society for its own purposes. As a matter of fact, the great Turkish nation banded together, stopped this attempt and averted terror.

After the July 15 coup attempt, both the universities and CoHE carried out various events, held meetings, sent information letters abroad, discussed the various aspects of the coup attempt on national and international platforms and published articles.

I am pleased to say that all of our universities have relayed the various aspects of the coup process to the world through numerous meetings, panels, art exhibitions, and national and international publications.

I hope that all our higher education institutions will raise generations that serve our people and our state so that such treacherous organizations and initiatives will not be allowed to be formed again.

Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç                     

President of Council of Higher Education