CoHE Announces Performances of Research and Candidate Research Universities

November 5, 2020


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the research and candidate research universities designated within the scope of the Specialization and Mission Differentiation Project, which was introduced to the higher education system by the New CoHE, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2017-2018 Academic Year held at the Presidential Palace on September 26, 2017.

The performances of the universities in the project are monitored annually under the criteria determined by the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee established within the Council of Higher Education. The results of the evaluation made by the Committee regarding the data of 11 research universities and five candidate research universities for 2017 and 2018 were shared with the public last year.

- The performances for 2019 were evaluated according to 32 indicators under 3 titles

The works for the Research Universities Performance Monitoring Index for 2019 were completed in cooperation with TUBITAK, and the research and candidate research universities were evaluated according to 32 indicators under the titles "Research Capacity", "Research Quality" and "Interaction and Cooperation".

When the research capacity was evaluated, the number of scientific publications at universities, the number of citations, the number of national projects, the amount of funds obtained from national projects, the amount of international project funds, the number of national and international patent applications, the number of documents for national patents, the number of documents for international patents, the number of documents for utility models/industrial designs, the number of doctoral graduates and the number of doctoral students were examined.

The indicators including the rate of scientific publications within the 50% of the Incites Journal Impact Factor, the rate of scientific publications within the 10% of the Incites Journal Impact Factor,  number of national science awards, the number of faculty members enterprises, number of students/graduate enterprises, the number of students in the CoHE 100/2000 PhD Scholarship Program, the number of students in the TUBITAK 2244 Industrial PhD Program, the amount of funds obtained under TUBITAK 1004 Technology Platform Project, the percentage of open access to scientific publications, the percentage of open access to dissertations, the frequency of being in the top 500 in the world academic achievement rankings and the number of accredited programs were taken into account for the research quality section.

The indicators including the rate of collaborative publications between universities, the rate of collaborative publications between universities and the industry, the rate of international collaborative publications, the number of documents for international collaborative patents between universities and the industry, the number of documents for international collaborative patents, the ratio of the funds received from collaborative R&D and innovation projects between universities and the industry within the scope of public funds to the number of relevant projects, the ratio of the funds received from the contracted collaborative R&D and innovation projects between universities and the industry to the number of relevant projects, the rate of international students, the rate of international faculty members and the number of exchange faculty members and students were taken into account for the interaction and cooperation section.

 

- The Ranking of Research and Candidate Research Universities

The details of the total scores of the research and candidate research universities for 2019, which were obtained as a result of the evaluations made within the scope of the index, and the rankings of these universities, are as follows:

 

- Performance comparison for the last three years

The performance comparison of the universities by year is as follows:

 

​- Additional budget allocation to top five universities

As a result of the evaluation, the top five universities with the highest performance in 2019 were determined as Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Technical University, Boğaziçi University, Izmir Institute of Technology and Ankara University.

The Strategy and Budget Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey allocated an additional budget for these research universities. 

- Five universities rose in the rankings

When we look at the performance evaluation results for 2019, it is observed that Istanbul Technical University, Ankara University, Ege University, Bursa Uludağ University and Çukurova University rose in the rankings compared to the previous year. It is noteworthy that three of these five universities (Ege University, Bursa Uludağ University and Çukurova University) are candidate research universities. This development shows that the project is carried out successfully in line with its objectives. 

- "Label change" will be made in 2021

When the project was introduced to the public, it was announced that the title of "research university" would not be a permanent label for the 11 universities determined under the project. While reports on the performance of research universities are shared with the public every year, the project was created in a manner that the following terms could change according to the results;

(a) Some universities may lose the title of research university due to their low performance,

(b) Candidate research universities could be promoted to the status of research universities due to their outstanding performance.

There will be no increase in the number of research universities and candidate research universities and there will be universities that keep their positions, lose their positions or rise to higher positions.

In this context, the "label change" to be made according to the performances of the research and candidate research universities will be carried out in 2021 after the completion of the 2020 performance evaluation. As a result of these evaluations, there may be transfers in positions between the universities.