We are experiencing some of the most extraordinary days of our times. The pandemic is affecting the whole world. We can no longer go to our workplaces or classrooms. We need to understand that the effect of the pandemic will create permanent changes in the way we do things even after the Covid-19 is under control.
With 207 Universities in Turkey and we have the second largest Higher Education When the first case was confirmed in Turkey on March 11 YOK (The Higher Education Council)gathered a meeting with all the rectors and some of the members of the Coronavirus Advisory Board. At this meeting a Coronavirus Board was established at Universities to keep a constant channel open between the universities and YOK. This platform facilitates a clear channel of information and immediate action.
On March 16 all on campus education was suspended. The transition of online education in Higher Education was facilitated quickly by the Project previously established for Digital Transformation in Higher Education. A pool of online courses was created for all the universities’ access.
Universities in Turkey have a solid infrastructure and online courses and teaching at all levels are carried out successfully in many universities. This new challenge will further strengthen all our universities’ online teaching methodology and adaptation. There are new opportunities in every challenging period. We believe Turkey has already overcome the most important challenges and the Fall semester will start according to the regulations set forth by the local authorities. There will be changes and new ways of doing things in order to keep the health of all students a priority. However we expect that there will be flexibilities for this year’s incoming freshmen in order to help the international students as well. This year international students will be able to apply to Turkish Universities as late as 15/12/2020.
We, at Istanbul Education are ready to help students with their questions and will do our best to help and assist during this adaptation period.
Looking forward to seeing you all in our beautiful country.