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Minister of Science, Industry And Technology Faruk Özlü Meets with Academics at Cohe


Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Özlü and CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç met with the managers of academic units related to science, industry and technology in order to discuss Turkey's strategies and policies aimed at education in the field of science, industry and technology at the meeting held at CoHE Conference Hall.




The deans of the faculties of engineering and technology, managers of the institutes of science and technology, officials of important institutes of the Turkish scientific community and managers of the related academic units attended the meeting. CoHE President Saraç and Minister Özlü both made a speech in the opening of the meeting.

CoHE President Saraç started his speech by expressing how delighted he is to be able to listen to Minister's opinions on the policies related to the development in the field of science, industry and technology in Turkey which was the main topic of the meeting.




CoHE President said that universities needed to get out of their own closed-loop systems which they have maintained until recently. He noted that it was inevitable for them to become institutions that contribute to the economic value of their regions and environments and that they should make it into reality.

Saraç added that the internet technologies have almost took over the instruction section, one of the core values of universities, especially since the 2010s. He emphasized that even the library systems being carried out online and students reaching the information and courses online would also transform the universities.




Saraç said that research results shouldn't be used only for writing and publishing articles. He added that researchers need to transform these studies into something that will create economic and social values or scientific effects.

Stating that all these needs towards technology strengthen the interest and contribution of industry to the research activities in universities, Saraç said "As the new CoHE, we are working closely with both the Ministry of Science and Industry and the Turkish industry with the help of the commissions formed with awareness."




President Saraç noted that another important concept that would shape the university of the future was the growing interdisciplinary cooperation and continued by saying:

"CoHE initiated a program in order to support 2000 doctoral students both financially and scientifically in 100 interdisciplinary fields.

Increasing fund of knowledge, the concept of quality in academic products and developing communication technology stand before us as the important factors that promote interdisciplinary studies.





Teams are more important than individuals in scientific research. We promote the formation of "accumulative critical masses" in the new fields of the 100/2000 Project and encourage these groups to produce interdisciplinary studies. Thus, we help the concepts such as researchers and research teams to increase with care and to be brought to forefront. The project will be active by February 2017.

Another important subject we introduced to the Turkish higher education in 2016 is mission differentiation and specialization of universities aimed at regional development. We will watch the studies of five universities chosen for this field carefully.

There is an important fact before us. Our world not only becomes globalized, but also becomes urbanized. In other words, urbanization or urban renewal is an important dimension of globalization. Researchers conducting studies in this field identify cities as 'New Local Nations'."





CoHE President said he wanted to mention the new exam called "YÖKDİL Exam". "We initiated the process for Foreign Language Exam for Higher Education Institutions which is aimed at measuring the language proficiency in the chosen field which is either science and engineering, social and human sciences or health sciences." said CoHE President, emphasizing that they made a new addition to the several new initiatives which have been recently initiated.

He noted that it would be made only for English for now and that it would be made for German, French and Arabic later. He completed his speech by saying that nearly 50 thousand people have applied for the exam in a week.

Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç. (In Turkish)


Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Özlü indicated that the departments of science and engineering first came to one's mind when the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology was mentioned. He noted that science as a whole is also one of their topics of the Ministry just like industry and technology.





Özlü emphasized that the relationship between the Ministry and universities wasn't built only on the cooperation between universities and industry and the development of technology. He said that they considered all universities and disciplines important and that they supported all disciplines especially the ones in TÜBİTAK programs.





Özlü pointed out that they treated all disciplines equally and said, "We are in the last stage of restructuring TÜBİTAK. We made the last changes and finalized it. We presented it to the Council of Ministers on Monday. I hope it'll pass into law."





Minister Faruk Özlü said that they would make radical changes in the administrative system of research, development and technology in the following term in order to allow Turkey to leap forward in that field. He noted that they initiated a study in order to establish a scientific base on the Antarctic continent on the instruction of the President and that the universities and scientific communities needed to support that political will.





Following the speeches, the meeting continued with a question and answer session.





Minister of Science, Industry and Technology and CoHE President answered the questions of the deans of the faculties of engineering and technology, managers of the institutes of science and technology, officials of important institutes of the Turkish scientific community and managers of the related academic units.

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