​CoHE President Özvar: “According to the results of the YKS placement, 99 percent of the quotas of our institutions are used.”

August 15, 2022

CoHE President Erol Özvar stated that 99 percent of the university quotas were used according to the placement results of the YKS 2022.

Özvar said the following in his assessment of the placement results of the YKS 2022:

“The selections made by prospective students between July 27 and August 5 are announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center as of today. We ended the implementation of the requirement for minimum passing score for the 2022 Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS). This decision helped students to focus on YKS without the worry and pressure of the requirement for minimum passing score.

After the decision to remove the requirement for minimum passing score, the number of candidates applying to take the university entrance exam increased by 24% compared to the previous year. Thus, while 2 million 607 thousand 903 candidates applied last year, 3 million 243 thousand 425 candidates applied this year. The increase in the number of applicants shows us that we made the right decision. Today, with the announcement of the YKS placement results, we see more clearly that after the increase in the number of candidates applying to YKS, there is an increase in the number of those placed in universities. While the total number of candidates placed last year was around 690 thousand, excluding open education, this number has become around 850 thousand this year. In addition, excluding TRNC universities, around 164 thousand quotas were not used last year, while this number has decreased to 13 thousand this year. According to the YKS placement results, it is pleasing that 99% of the quotas were used. These data show that it is possible to establish a healthy balance between supply and demand if a rational planning is made.

After the challenging pandemic period that the world and our country has gone through, I sincerely believe that the increase in the number of candidates will have positive results. Participating in higher education has benefits beyond getting education or having a profession. Today, it is accepted by the academic circles and the world that taking part in higher education has many social, cultural and economic contributions. In this respect, I would like to draw attention once again to the importance of moving from an elitist understanding of higher education to an inclusive, accessible and pluralistic understanding of higher education for all segments of society.

I am pleased to see that our young people, who are the future of our country, now have more access to higher education. I sincerely congratulate all of our candidates who have been placed in universities in the new term.”