CoHE President Prof. Yekta Saraç met with the rectors of the five model universities that were chosen within the scope of the project work "Mission Differentiation and Specialization of Universities Aimed at Regional Development".
Bingöl University Rector Prof. İbrahim Çapak, Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University Rector Prof. Adem Korkmaz, Düzce University Rector Prof. Nigar Demircan Çakar, Kırşehir Ahi Evran University Rector Prof. Vatan Karakaya and Uşak University Rector Prof. Sait Çelik attended the meeting.
The rectors informed CoHE President Saraç of the studies they have conducted within the scope of the project up to now and the current status.
Following the meeting at CoHE, CoHE President Saraç and the rectors paid a visit to Minister of Development Lütfi Elvan in his office.
Elvan pointed out that the project would set an example not only for Turkey, but also for many other countries in case these 5 universities specialize regionally. He added that more quality and specialization related goals should be determined within that period and said, "I believe that you'll succeed if you can carry it out. You need to focus on the quality and give some thought on how to improve the position of universities. Both the Ministry of Development and CoHE will also be determined to make it happen. I know that you also have the determination but the sub-staff of the universities need to share your determination. You need to spread your motivation to the sub-staff. "
CoHE President Prof. Saraç said that the project is important for the development of Turkey. He noted that the Ministry of Development deserves appreciation for the support it has provided to the universities and that CoHE expects to see the project yield positive results the efforts of the university rectors, the planning of the Ministry and the coordination of CoHE.
As is known, within the scope of the project work "Mission Differentiation and Specialization of Universities Aimed at Regional Development" which has been carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Development, the assessment process for the determination of 5 model universities was completed and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the results at the "2016-2017 Higher Education Academic Year Opening Ceremony" on October 18, 2016.
The following higher education institutions were chosen as the model higher education institutions for the regional development project for mission differentiation:
· • Bingöl University in the field of agriculture and basin based development,
· • Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in the field of husbandry,
· • Düzce University in the field of health and environment,
· • Kırşehir Ahi Evran University in the field of agriculture and geothermal energy,
· • Uşak University in the field of textile, leathermaking and ceramics.
In the next stage, the Commission will elaborate on the projects aimed at the development of the regions these 5 universities are located and these projects will be supported with the method determined in accordance with the coordination of CoHE.
As the new CoHE, we place importance on the study "Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development" which will help the development process of the higher education system based on the quality and specialization.