Meeting “Turkey's Window of Opportunity: Turkish Higher Education” Takes Place in Muş

July 16, 2019 / Muş

The New CoHE, with the motto “Digitalized CoHE”, has been implementing new projects aimed at quality in Turkish higher education. The meeting “Turkey’s Window of Opportunity: Turkish Higher Education” , in which the topics of digital transformation and literacy, and the new goals for the education of the youth in Turkey, were discussed, took place in Muş.

The project protocols of eight universities newly chosen under the Digital Transformation in Higher Education Project were signed at the meeting. In addition to CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç, CoHE Executive Board Member Prof. Naci Gündoğan, the rectors of the firstly chosen eight universities and the newly chosen eight universities for the Digital Transformation Project in Higher Education rectors, and the rectors of some universities in the region attended the meeting.

Muş Alparslan University hosted the meeting. The studies carried out by CoHE in the field of future professions, new undergraduate/graduate programs and the roles of universities in regional development were discussed.

Prof. Fethi Ahmet Polat, Rector of Muş Alparslan University, and CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç gave the opening speeches. CoHE Executive Board member Prof. Naci Gündoğan delivered an informative speech about the Digital Transformation in Higher Education Project.

CoHE President Saraç began his speech by saying that one sees that Turkey has a deep experience when looking at the history of higher education in Turkey. He noted that their ancestors, who strengthened the contributions of civilizations they had inherited with higher education institutions, had left them a structure on which they could build a strong university system.

CoHE President Saraç added that they had been adding new studies to the inclusive and sustainable projects at the beginning of each academic year.

“The concept of “demographic window of opportunity”, which is also regarded as a demographic gift, is defined as the increase in working age population since the population growth rate decreases during the demographic transformation process which affects the future of the countries with its economic, political and social dimensions. Therefore, we are quite aware that Turkish higher education needs to assess Turkey’s demographic window of opportunity in the best way possible. With the fourth industrial revolution, advances in previously disaggregated fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, genetics and biotechnology are now developing and strengthening each other,” he said.

CoHE President also said that CoHE opened programs such as Information Security Technology and Artificial Intelligence Engineering at various universities this year and that he was sure that the number of these programs at associate degree, undergraduate and graduate level would increase in the light of suggestions the following year.

President Saraç emphasized that the Council of Higher Education pays extra attention on the importance of the changing role of universities on regional development under the works they had initiated with the concept the “New CoHE” in the last decade. He noted that they had realized the “Digital Transformation in Higher Education Project” and the 100/2000 Doctoral Scholarship Project, which was considered as the five-star project of CoHE and had been carried out with an incredible success in its third year.

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

Following the speeches, CoHE President Yekta Saraç was presented with a certificate of appreciation signed by 27 university rectors from the Eastern and Southeastern regions for his contributions to regional universities and new projects that shaped the academic life. A question and answer session was held between CoHE President Saraç and the participants.

After CoHE Executive Board Member Prof. Naci Gündoğan's speech on the Digital Transformation in Higher Education Project, a protocol signing ceremony with the newly selected eight universities was held.

CoHE President Saraç, CoHE member Gündoğan and university rectors signed the protocol on the inclusion of Ardahan University, Artvin Çoruh University, Batman University, Bitlis Eren University, Gümüşhane University, Hakkari University, Kilis 7 Aralık University and Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, which were designated as the 2nd stage universities under the Digital Transformation in Higher Education Project.

In addition to the universities designated for the first stage, which were Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University, Bayburt University, Bingöl University, Iğdır University, Munzur University, Muş Alparslan University, Siirt University and Şırnak University, eight more universities were also included in the project.

After the signing ceremony, CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç met with the rectors of 27 universities from Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia.

He met with the rectors at the senate hall and received information about the studies of the universities within the scope of the Mission Differentiation Aimed at Regional Development Project conducted by CoHE.

While the rectors informed Saraç of the academic and scientific studies at their universities, they also conveyed their requests and issues about the recent status of their universities.

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