CoHE Publishes "University Monitoring and Assessment General Report 2019"

July 13, 2020 / Ankara

The Council of Higher Education (CoHE) announced the “University Monitoring and Assessment General Report 2020” which contains a general assessment of universities in line with the data of 172 Turkish universities for 2018 according to five main indicators and 45 sub-indicators.

In his statement, CoHE President Yekta Saraç said that the committee, which was established at CoHE to make assessments on the activities of universities based on evidence, had been monitoring and evaluating universities and that 45 indicators were determined in this scope. He said that the indicators were grouped under the main headings of “education and training”, “research and development”, “project and publication”, “internationalization”, “budget and finance”, and “community service and accountability to the community”. “The scientific and institutional activities of universities in an academic year can be measured after April of the next year. Therefore, the final report of the activities of each Turkish university carried out in 2018 was published at the end of 2019. This report, which we shared with the public today, is a general evaluation of all Turkish universities for 2018. Most of the data was obtained from universities, and data related to some indicators were obtained from various national and international data sources. Then they were transferred to the system. The Monitoring and Assessment Reports for each university are made available to the public at We believe that the report will provide a comprehensive assessment of universities, and give tips on the steps that can be taken and the possible fields of research to improve the higher education system. We hope that it will make significant contributions to our higher education system in terms of transparency and accountability.”


- The data of 2008 was analyzed and a general assessment was made

The detailed explanation of each indicator, the general status of the indicators and the universities with the highest data value for applicable indicators were specified in the report. Within the scope of the study, the data of 172 universities that were active in the 2017-2018 academic year were analyzed.

According to the report, 7,250 students graduated from the doctoral programs of universities in 2018. In line with the developments in the higher education system, the number of graduates is expected to increase in the coming years. Considering that the number of current faculty members is approximately 75 thousand, the need for faculty members will be met without difficulty in the future.


- The number of R&D, patents, scientific publications, books, accreditations, scholarships and joint projects must be increased even more

“We expect the universities to encourage students to do more R&D on the objective social and economic problems of the society, increase the number of patents and beneficial models, have more publications in national refereed journals, encourage students to take courses from other programs outside the program they are enrolled in, increase the number of printed books per student, increase the number of programs accredited by independent accreditation bodies, focus more on internationalization, increase the number of scholarships granted to students, and develop more social responsibility projects in partnership with public institutions and organizations,” said President Saraç.


- CoHE is planning to publish the general assessment report every year

The University Monitoring and Assessment General Report 2019 was prepared by making a general assessment and sampling, rather than university-based assessment, as a result of the analysis of the data of universities for 2018. CoHE is planning to publish annual general reports including data from the previous year in the upcoming period.


Click here for the e-book version of the report.

Click here for the pdf version of the report.