CoHE President Prof.Dr. Yekta Saraç Tells European Academics about the Coup Attempt and the Occurrences That Took Place Afterwards
CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç and the accompanying delegation paid a visit to the European University Association in order to discuss the occurrences that took place in the Turkish higher education system after the 15 July coup attempt and the areas of the joint cooperation with the European University Association (EUA).
Along with Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç, President of CoHE, Prof. Hasan Mandal, Deputy President of CoHE, Prof. Erkan İbiş, Rector of Ankara University, Prof. Mahmut Ak, Rector of Istanbul University, Prof. Ahmet Çamsarı, President of the Inter-University Council and Rector of Mersin University attended the meeting which was held at EUA Headquarters. Prof. Rolf Tarrach, EUA President, Lesley Wilson, EUA Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Stefano Paleari, Rector of University of Bergamo University, Prof. Mari Sundli Tveit, Rector of Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Prof. Dr. Gülay Barbarosoğlu, Rector of Boğaziçi University were in the delegation of the EUA Board.
CoHE's international activities after the coup attempt was discussed in the meeting held in the EUA headquarters located in Brussels.
As is known, a letter that explains the occurrences that took place after the coup attempt and the precautions taken against the FETÖ/PDY terrorist organization was sent to 118 umbrella organizations such as EUA, EU and Bologna Follow-Up Group in response to the international criticism received especially due to the request of the resignation of 1577 deans and the investigations conducted in the universities. CoHE President Saraç's letter was published in the website of "Times Higher Education" (THE), one of the most significant university ranking institutions in the world, on July 23.
CoHE also decided to send delegations which consist of rectors to international institutions that carry out educational-related activities in order to talk directly to all people, institutions and organizations related to the higher education abroad.
CoHE aims to prevent receiving unfair comments and statements by letting these delegations express CoHE's point of view about the occurrences that took place in the 15 July coup attempt and decisions made to purge the Turkish academic community from the FETÖ/PDY terrorist organization. Thus, a contact meeting about the 15 July coup attempt was held with the participation of around 100 foreign officials from 65 countries including 17 ambassadors at CoHE.
A delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe also paid a visit to CoHE President Saraç. The delegation was briefed on the recent occurrences that took place in the Turkish higher education system and the precautions taken regarding that matter. CoHE stated that it wouldn't allow the organizational structures of the universities to be damaged because of that unfavorable period and that education wouldn't be affected by it.
CoHE President Saraç will pay a visit to Germany in October and meet with Prof. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research of Germany.