Workshop on Equivalence Takes Place at CoHE

October 18, 2017 / Ankara

 

The members of the Equivalence Commission and academics who took part in the Advisory Commissions for Scientific Fields attended the "Workshop on Equivalence" organized by the Council of Higher Education in order to share the improvements made in recognition and equivalence process.

 

The workshop was held with the participation of CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç. In addition to CoHE Deputy President Prof. Dr. M. İ. Safa Kapıcıoğlu and CoHE Executive Board Members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeliha Koçak Tufan, Prof. Dr. Rahmi Er, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Şişman and Prof. Dr. Ömer Açıkgöz, employees of the Department of Recognition and Equivalence Services of the Council of Higher Education also attended the workshop.

 

The process for recognition and equivalence, the Treaty of Lisbon and the related legal actions were discussed in the meeting. After the opening speech by Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç, CoHE Deputy President Prof. Dr. M. İ. Safa Kapıcıoğlu also made a speech.

 

CoHE Executive Board Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeliha Koçak Tufan talked about the challenges, recent improvements and ongoing process. She pointed out that CoHE offered students the option of taking objective structured clinical examinations or other equivalent examinations as well as written placement tests for the field of medicine and introduced specialization examinations which consist of oral and implementation sections for other fields of study. She added that these examinations would evaluate the achievements and competence of individuals in their respected fields of study, which require implementation, in a more precise way. She said that CoHE would publish the guide for specialization examinations in the near future. She also said that they evaluated the questions about written placement tests that were in line with the complaints received from the applicants and that the findings would be taken into consideration in the upcoming examinations.

 

Advisory Commissions for Scientific Fields

 

CoHE Executive Board Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeliha Koçak Tufan stated that CoHE established Advisory Commissions for Scientific Fields for fields of study that require practice in particular and that the process for equivalence was carried out in line with the international criteria and practices implemented in Turkey and in accordance with the guidelines. She also noted that the latest version of the guidelines would be shared with the related institutions by taking into consideration the recent studies, suggestions received from the related institutions and organizations and applicants, and international standards and norms.

 

Two sessions entitled "Recognition and Equivalence Process" and "Treaty of Lisbon and Legal Actions" were hold after the opening speeches.

 

The presentations entitled "Recognition Process", "Equivalence Process" and "Level and Competence Determination System" were made in the first session of the workshop. In the second session, the presentations entitled "Treaty of Lisbon", "Exemplary Equivalence Files" and "Process for Equivalence Guidelines" were made.

 

Following the sessions, group studies were conducted in order to evaluate the guidelines by the Advisory Commissions for Scientific Fields that consist of competent scientists from various universities in Turkey.

 

After the completion of the studies for the guidelines, a question and answer session was held at the end of the workshop. CoHE members and the members of the Advisory Commissions for Scientific Fields exchanged views in this session.