​ Council of Higher Education and Ministry of Industry and Technology Sign University-Sector Cooperation Protocol

CoHE President Education Özvar:

"With the protocol, elective courses can be opened at Turkish universities within the framework of the demands of our business world and sectors. Those working in the relevant and related organizations affiliated to the Ministry of Industry and Technology or experts in the field from sector organizations will be able to take part in the delivery of these courses."

"Thanks to this protocol, it will be possible to further develop university-industry cooperation"

February 22, 2024 / Ankara

The Ministry of Industry and Technology and the Council of Higher Education signed a protocol on the establishment of courses at universities within the framework of the demands and needs of the industrial sector and the business world.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Industry and Technology. Minister of Industry and Technology, Mehmet Fatih Kacır, President of the Council of Higher Education, Erol Özvar, CoHE Executive Board Members Prof. Naci Gündoğan, Prof. Erol Arcaklıoğlu, Prof. Hüseyin Karaman, and Prof. Arif Bilgin, rectors of some universities and ministry officials attended the event.

In his speech at the ceremony, CoHE President Özvar stated that they were pleased to take another step in bringing universities together with the sector, and that the protocol would further developed university-industry cooperation.

Özvar said that underlying all these efforts is the idea and determination of "contributing to the development of the economy, society and human capital of our country", which is emphasized by the Council of Higher Education on every platform.

"Our graduates will enter the labor market more prepared"

Özvar pointed out that the university-industry cooperation would allow university students to be familiar with sectoral developments and dynamics while they were in the education process, and said, "In this way, our graduates could be prepared when entering the employment market and it would be possible to reach the qualified workforce needed by the sectors more easily."

He noted that he believed the protocol would constitute an important basis for more comprehensive and diverse collaborations between the Ministry and the Council in the following years, and hoped that the protocol would be beneficial.

In his speech, Minister Mehmet Fatih Kacır, said, "We will continue to make the biggest investment in our human resources, and we will not hesitate to mobilize all our opportunities for the young people."

Following the speeches, Minister Kacır and CoHE President Özvar signed the protocol.