Evaluation Meeting on TUBITAK’s Support Programs for Research
Universities Held at TUBITAK MAM
CoHE President Özvar: "We continue our efforts to ensure wider
participation of Turkish universities in TUBITAK's investment and
August 24, 2023
The Evaluation Meeting for TUBITAK’s Support Programs for Research
Universities was held at Marmara Research Center (MAM) of TUBITAK.
Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Minister of Industry and Technology, Prof. Erol Özvar,
President of the Council of Higher Education, Prof. Hasan Mandal, President
of TUBITAK, Prof. Naci Gündoğan, CoHE Executive Board Member, rectors and
vice-rectors of research universities attended the meeting.
In his speech at the meeting, CoHE President Özvar pointed out the
importance of the programs prepared for universities by TUBITAK, which is
the main supporter of science and technology in Türkiye.
He emphasized that universities had been carrying out important projects
within the scope of university-industry cooperation and said, "R&D in
the private sector is vital. I think that Turkish universities and the
industrial sector can benefit a lot from each other. We continue our
efforts to ensure wider participation of our universities in TUBITAK's
investment and incentive programs."
TUBITAK-1004 Center of Excellence Support Program
Özvar also made a speech at the meeting where TUBITAK 1004-Center of
Excellence Support Program was evaluated.
He stated that one of the biggest goals of the Council of Higher Education
in the coming period would be to make all kinds of arrangements that would
pave the way for universities to differentiate themselves.
He stated that the Center of Excellence Support Program was of great
importance in terms of developing national technologies and increasing
Türkiye's competitiveness in international platforms. Özvar said, "We
consider this program as an exceptional opportunity for our universities."
"Especially within the scope of the program where research universities can
evaluate their knowledge, skills and competencies together with all their
stakeholders, the progress made by our centers of excellence over a
relatively short period of time is truly exciting. The sustainability of
these centers will be among the most important goals of the Ministry of
Industry and Technology, TUBITAK and CoHE. I think that it should not be
limited to our universities, but carried out together with the business
world, industry and our stakeholders."
Özvar added that they continued their efforts to make the necessary legal
arrangements for the centers of excellence to work more effectively.