Women under-represented in top positions at Turkish state universities - researcher

Only three out of a total of 111 Turkish universities have female rectors, and some do not even have any female professors or associate professors, new research on gender equality shows, according to OdaTV.

Alaaddin Dinçer, an education researcher, said that despite women making up 43.6 percent of academics overall, they were poorly represented in the higher echelons of universities.

“Make at least one of your deputy rectors a woman,” had been the advice of Yekta Saraç, the head of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education.

But there were only 27 women out of 288 deputy rectors according to Dinçer’s research, while 12 state universities have no female professors and seven have no female associate professors.

Some 83 percent of academics making up university senates and boards were male, Dinçer’s research showed, although many of Turkey’s top universities were included in the top 10 by percentage of female representation on these boards.

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