CoHE Determines Specialization Fields for Research Universities

June 7, 2021 / Istanbul

CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç met with the rectors of research and candidate research universities that are included in CoHE’s Research-oriented Specialization Project in a meeting hosted by Istanbul Technical University.

The meeting was headed by CoHE President Saraç. The rectors and related vice rectors of 16 universities in the project, including 11 research universities and 5 candidate research universities, the president of TÜBITAK and CoHE officials attended the meeting.

The decisions taken as a result of the studies carried out by CoHE on pairing up the research universities listed in the 11th Development Plan with priority sectors according to their competencies were shared with the public for the first time and the steps to be taken were discussed in detail at the meeting.

- The sector and field preferences of universities were collected before the twinning

Before the twinning was made, CoHE collected the sector and field preferences of universities according to the provision of " Research universities will be paired up with priority sectors by taking into account their competencies, business models based on projects created to achieve the determined goals will be put into practice and these collaborations will be supported " which is set out in the 11th Development Plan.

- The results of TÜBITAK's "Competence Analysis of Universities by Field" were also taken into consideration.

When the twinning was made, the preferences and competencies of universities were tried to be matched up by having one-on-one meetings with the rectors. During this process, TÜBITAK also evaluated the "Competence Analysis of Universities by Field" and carried out the twinning procedure.

- All sectors and sub-fields are matched up with one or more universities

All sectors and sub-fields included in the Development Plan are paired with one or more universities. There are no unpaired fields left.

In this context, the sectors of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronic equipment, machinery-electrical equipment, automotive, rail system vehicles, which are among the priority sectors in the Development Plan, and the sector of food supply security, whose importance has emerged once again during the pandemic, as well as the 39 sub-fields were paired up with universities according to their competencies.

Click here for the "Twinning List of Research and Candidate Research Universities with Priority Sectors and Sub-Fields in the 11th Development Plan".

CoHE President Saraç made an opening speech. He said that CoHE matched up one or more universities with all priority sectors and sub-fields in the 11th Development by taking into account the competencies and opinions of universities. He stated that these choices will be forwarded to the Strategy and Budget Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey for decision-making processes to be carried out especially in investment programs. He said that it would be easier to spend public resources according to competence in a more efficient way.

“Our research and candidate research universities will be encouraged to establish academic units such as research centers, departments and programs related to the matched fields of specialization and to carry out collaborative studies in the same priority sector and field,” President Saraç said.

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

- There are 16 universities in the project

As is known, Ankara University, Boğaziçi University, Erciyes University, Gazi University, Gebze Technical University, Hacettepe University, İstanbul Technical University, İstanbul University, İstanbul University- Cerrahpaşa, Middle East Technical University and İzmir Institute of Technology were determined as research universities and Bursa Uludağ University, Çukurova University, Ege University, Selçuk University and Yıldız Technical University were determined as candidate research universities under the New CoHE's Research-oriented Specialization Project.