Workshop on University Hospitals in Terms of Medicine and Health Education in Foundation Higher Education Institutions Takes Place at CoHE

November 16, 2021 / Ankara

The Council of Higher Education organized the “Workshop on University Hospitals in Terms of Medicine and Health Education in Foundation Higher Education Institutions” to discuss the issues related to medicine and health education offered in foundation higher education institutions in detail.

The workshop was held with the participation of CoHE President Erol Özvar. CoHE members, the administrators of foundation universities with medical schools and the related academics attended the workshop.

The educational activities carried out in foundation university hospitals and the evaluations and solution proposals related to the provision of health services were discussed in the panels. CoHE President Prof. Erol Özvar and CoHE Deputy President Prof. M. İ. Safa Kapıcıoğlu made speeches at the opening of the meeting.

In his speech, CoHE President Özvar emphasized that foundation higher education institutions were their rising values and stated that these universities stood out with their ability to adapt to innovations quickly. He said that while the number of these universities, which offered opportunities to students through different programs and played important roles in issues such as international relations, employment of international faculty members and the promotion of our country, was just three until 1996, the number increased rapidly in the 2000s, rising to 77.

He stated that these institutions differed from state higher education institutions during that period and added, "The issues that come to the fore especially in the Routine Audit Reports not only revealed different needs in terms of the evaluation of foundation higher education institutions but also constituted a source for the development of the current legislation. Sharing our findings with the field through the reports for foundation higher education institutions, where we share academic, administrative and financial data with the principle of transparency, shed light on the development of Turkish higher education institutions in every aspect and their self-evaluation within their ecosystems.”

- “A quality ecosystem in foundation higher education institutions”

CoHE President Özvar highlighting that many universities still failed to meet even the minimum criteria when the data was evaluated. He pointed out that the fact that the incomes of universities that were mostly collected from students were not transferred to students and to a high-quality higher education process in the academic environment created public loss.

CoHE President Erol Özvar emphasized that they were negotiating with the chairmen of the Board of Trustees and the rectors of foundation universities, as well as the members of the Higher Education Audit Board and representatives of other relevant state institutions. “We are making efforts to create a more qualified ecosystem. In the 2019-2020 academic year, 72 foundation higher education institutions were subject to routine audits, 457 sanctions were applied, and 74 sanctions were lifted as a result of the corrections. Routine audit procedures are an important external evaluation for our institutions and reveal aspects that are open to improvement. As a matter of fact, 149 sanctions were lifted after the audits carried out in the 2016-2017 academic year, 230 in the 2017-2018 academic year, and 274 in the 2018-2019 academic year as a result of the corrections the institutions made on the relevant issues.”

-“It is necessary to make arrangements in financial matters.”

He said that the minimum condition for all foundation universities with medical schools to start or continue education according to the legal regulation made in 2020, was to have a hospital within their institutions and in their possessions.

“However, there are also ongoing affiliations. In fact, according to the current legislation, it is still possible to make affiliations according to the number of quotas. In other words, in order to provide the number of patients and patient diversity required for medical school education, universities can also be affiliated with another hospital, in addition to their hospitals, according to the number of beds within the framework of the legislation. In the medical schools that do not have their own hospitals, affiliations with a maximum of two hospitals can be allowed by considering the number and distribution of faculty members according to the number of quotas, the general situation of medical school education in that university and all other issues. In these hospitals, it is essential to take the necessary precautions to carry out education and clinical practices. Unfortunately, during the on-site visits, it was observed that there were schools in which medical education and students remained in the background. The lack of peer education in the specialty education of students, fewer encounters with cases, and participation of students mostly as observers are reported as issues particularly for postgraduate education.”

Özvar concluded his speech by stating that CoHE aimed to work to contribute to higher education with much closer communication and cooperation with Turkish universities.

Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. Erol Özvar. (In Turkish)

After the opening speeches, Prof. Zeliha Koçak Tufan, Coordinator of the Committee for the Coordination of Foundation Higher Education Institutions, gave a speech titled “Standards, Regulations and Findings Regarding Medical Education at Foundation Universities”. Afterwards, panel sessions were held in which the evaluations and solution proposals regarding the education and training activities in the foundation university hospitals and the provision of health services were discussed.

Firstly, the panel titled "Issues Encountered at Foundation Universities without a Health Research Center (University Hospital) and Affiliated with Private Hospitals and Solution Proposals" was held. In the afternoon, the panel titled “Issues Encountered at Foundation Universities with a Health Research Center (University Hospital) and Solution Proposals” panel was held.