Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development

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.

How Did We Come to This Stage?

"Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development" for universities established after 2006 was introduced in order to increase the contribution of universities to the regions they are located at and to promote them to specialize in specific fields with the collaboration of CoHE and the Ministry of Development in June 2015.

Contact meetings with the rectors of related universities in Bingöl and Ordu were organized between June and August 2015. The opinions of the related university rectors were received and the project work was initiated.

It was decided to determine 5 model universities in order to promote the project which aims at mission differentiation based on regional development. A commission in the coordination of the Council of Higher Education was formed to carry out and follow the process with the related partners systematically and sustainably. Representatives from the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology and expert faculty members aside from CoHE were present in the commission.

A meeting was held with the related university rectors on June 9, 2016, at CoHE and declaration of interest was asked from universities that want to take part as a model university in the study "Mission Differentiation and Specialization Aimed at Regional Development".

24 out of 40 universities that were established after 2006 conveyed their requests along with the Senate Decisions. These 24 universities were evaluated in three main categories called "The Present State of Region", "The Potential of University" and "Region-University Relation" by taking many parameters into consideration and making regional normalization studies. Following these assessments, a list consisting of 15 candidate universities was compiled.

It was asked from these 15 universities to prepare self-assessment reports based on regional development and to submit these reports to CoHE by September 19, 2016. 12 out of 15 universities submitted their reports to the Commission.

The Commission elaborated on the reports and a meeting with the 12 university rectors was held on October 10, 2016, at CoHE. Long interviews were carried out with each of the university rectors.

After the assessments, Bingöl University, Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Düzce University, Kırşehir Ahi Evran University and Uşak University were chosen as the model universities aimed at regional development in the designated fields.

How Will the Next Stage of the Process Be Conducted?

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.

Another Study on Mission Differentiation Based on Research Initiated

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. In this context, a second study on the mission differentiation based on research was initiated with the instruction of Mr. President. This study will also be carried out in the same method systematically and it will be concluded within the shortest time.

Source: Council of Higher Education