Turkey plans to restructure universities

The Turkish Presidency’s Education and Training Policies Board introduced on Friday three types of new university models, indicating plans to reform Turkey’s higher education.

The Higher Education Reform policy document, prepared by the head of Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Yekta Saraç, was presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Hürriyet reported.

The document stated three new types of university models: “thematic”, “limited specialisation” and “multi-faceted”, said the Turkish news outlet.

Under the new models, overseeing councils will be established at all public universities. The top management will be composed of the council and a rector. Individuals who support and effectively serve the university, including maintaining links between Turkish society and the university, would be eligible to sit on the council.

One of the basic principles for carrying out all appointments – for council members and the rector – will be seeing if candidate views are accordance the university mission and objectives, Hurriyet said.

Universities will be classified by their status: state, foundation or private universities, according to the document.

Vocational high schools are expected to be linked to vocational colleges established in each province.