As is known, the Council of Higher Education has taken some decisions toprevent any adverse effects on students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transfer procedures
were made easier especially for Turkish citizens studying abroad so that
they would not be affected negatively. These decisions were taken
to prevent any adverse effects on students who were made to return home
during the pandemic affecting the world, and to allow them to continue
and complete their education in Turkey within the framework of the
However, the complaints made to the Council and the news articles revealed
that these decisions, which were taken with the best of
intentions, were trespassed on by some people and circles.
Following these complaints, the Council initiated an investigation, and as
a result of the examinations made by the Higher Education Audit Board, it
was found out that irregular transfers were made and that they were made
"especially through some higher education institutions in Ukraine"
Students, who want to get transferred from overseas universities to
programs such as medicine, pharmacy and law in which the success ranking in
Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS) is required for enrollment and
transfers from overseas universities, are not required to have that success
ranking in case they are enrolled in higher education institutions that are
placed in the top 1000 of the World University Rankings.
It became clear that some students chose some of the higher education institutions in Ukraine, which are among
the top 1000 in the aforementioned rankings,
to be exempted from the requirement of success ranking in transfers,
that they enrolled in these higher education institutions through
illegal means, and that they got transferred to Turkish higher
education institutions without even spending a day in the relevant
country after their enrollment.
It has also been reflected in the audit reports that some students
enrolled in the programs, which do not have the requirement of success
ranking for YKS, at some universities in TRNC before getting
transferred to the related programs in Turkey which have the
requirement of success ranking.
For instance, it was observed that a candidate, who took the 231,000th
place in the YKS success ranking, got transferred to the program of Law at
a university in TRNC after enrolling in the program of Political Science
and Public Administration. Afterwards, the candidate illegally got
transferred to the program of Law at a foundation university in Istanbul.
Unfortunately, it is possible to give similar examples.
The fact that transfers, which were offered to students with
humanitarian motives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being used as a way
of circumvention of the YKS exam to gain an achievement that is against
equal opportunity is harming the conscience of the community.
The students who were transferred
without completing the required documents
were also identified during the examinations.
The universities were informed about all these issues. They were
asked to act in accordance with the legislation in student
transfers and complete the required documents immediately and to
cancel the enrollment processes of students, who have made
irregular transfers without proper documents or completing the
required documents or were legally admitted to universities within
the framework of the student admission quota for transfers from
overseas universities, in accordance with the legislation
Such attempts are considered as the exploitation of our humane
decisions which were taken to prevent any adverse effects on students
studying abroad during the global pandemic. It should be known that the
attempts to gain the right to illegally enroll especially in programs
such as medicine, law and pharmacy that have the requirement of
YKS success ranking by going against equal opportunity and being unjust
to hundreds of thousands of young people, who have been preparing for
the YKS exam for years and their efforts, will never be accepted and
the necessary actions will be taken.
In this context,
the Council has initiated action against some universities, and some
universities have filed a criminal complaint to the prosecutor's
offices against those responsible.
As the Council of Higher Education, we want it to be known that
individuals and institutions that violate equity will not be tolerated,
that the necessary actions will be taken to prevent this crime
committed against our students who have entered the academia and
universities fairly, and that the relevant audits and follow-ups will
continue without compromise.