New rectors pledge higher standards at universities

New rectors of 21 universities who were appointed to their posts on Tuesday by President Abdullah Gül have vowed to work for more success and higher standards at their universities

Professor İbrahim Özen, who was appointed as Karadeniz Technical University’s (KTÜ) new rector, stated that he will work to see that world standards are reached by his university. “As the KTÜ, we are a family. We are the university for the whole Black Sea region. We will work to make our university family more successful. We will work seriously to raise the education standards of our university,” he said.

The universities that received new rector appointments are Akdeniz, Ankara, Atatürk, Boğaziçi, Cumhuriyet, Çukurova, Dicle, Dokuz Eylül, Ege, Erciyes, Fırat, Gazi, Gaziantep, İnönü, İstanbul Technical, Karadeniz Technical, Middle East Technical, 19 Mayıs, Trakya, Uludağ and Yıldız Technical.
Each university selected six candidates for rector, with interviews of each occurring before the selection. The Higher Education Board (YÖK) then shortlisted three of these candidates for each university and forwarded the list to President Gül for a final decision.
Ege University’s new rector, Professor Candeğer Yılmaz, said he will do his utmost to improve the educational quality at his university. “Such appointments are like a relay race. Our university has achieved a certain level of quality. I will do my best to improve upon this. It is an honor for me to take over this post from my predecessor, Professor Ülkü Bayındır,” he stated.
Professor Rıza Ayhan, the new rector of Gazi University, said he will work for the success of his university. “I believe our university will see more successful days ahead with harmony and fraternity. The success of the new administration at our university will be a source of pride for me,” he noted.
The appointment of Professor Muhammed Şahin to İstanbul Technical University (İTÜ) as the new rector has triggered a number of resignations at the university. Eleven lecturers, 10 of whom are professors, resigned from their posts yesterday, saying they were not content with the rector appointment at their university.
Former İTÜ Rector Faruk Karadoğan, who issued a press release yesterday, noted that the said lecturers verbally gave their informal notices of resignation. “These are individual decisions. I greet them with respect,” he said.
He also noted that İTÜ has a 225-year history and is an institution that brings differences and reason together. “Our university has given much to Turkey throughout this time. Students and lecturers at our university are secular and democratic people. Being secular is a prerequisite for being democratic,” he added.
Dean of Gazi University Medical Faculty Professor Ayşe Dursun and Professor Sedef Gidener from Dokuz Eylül University, who ran unsuccessfully as candidates for rector, also resigned from their posts following rector appointments at their schools.
List of newly appointed rectors
Following is the list of new rectors and the universities to which they were appointed:
Akdeniz University: Professor İsrafil Kurtcephe, Ankara University: Professor Cemal Taluğ, Atatürk University: Professor Hikmet Koçak, Boğaziçi University: Professor Kadri Özçaldıran, Cumhuriyet University: Professor İlyas Dökmetaş, Çukurova University: Professor Alper Akınoğlu, Dicle University: Professor Aytegül Jale Saraç, Dokuz Eylül University: Professor Mehmet Füzün, Ege University: Professor Candeğer Yılmaz, Erciyes University: Professor Hasan Fahrettin Keleştemur, Fırat University: Professor Ahmet Feyzi Bingöl, Gazi University: Professor Rıza Ayhan, Gaziantep University: Professor Yavuz Coşkun, İnönü University: Professor Cemil Çelik, İstanbul Technical University: Professor Muhammed Şahin, Karadeniz Technical University: Professor İbrahim Özen, Ondokuz Mayıs University: Professor Hüseyin Akan, Middle East Technical University: Professor Ahmet Acar, Trakya University: Professor Enver Duran, Uludağ University: Professor Medet Mete Cengiz. Gül appointed four rectors, namely those for Akdeniz, Cumhuriyet, Dokuz Eylül and Ondokuz Mayıs universities, though they ranked number two on the lists forwarded to him by YÖK for rector appointments. The remaining 17 rector candidates were chosen by the president from the top ranking on the lists from their universities