The TRNC Higher Education Planning, Audit, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) wants no more permits to be granted for new universities. This is despite pressure from the Ministry of Education for more permits to be granted.
According to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’, the preliminary audit council, which makes the decisions regarding these permits, after repeated postponements, is expected to convene today. It is said that on the council’s agenda is the discussion of granting preliminary permit to three universities, including the International Aydin University. Turkey’s former EU Affairs Minister, Egemen Bagis is a board member of this university.
Akile Buke, YODAK’s chairperson, told the paper that the freezing of the permits might come onto the agenda again. She said that they had asked to freeze the permits and continue [granting] after seeing what would happen and added that this could not happen because there was no legal ground for this. She expressed the view that universities must open in a planned manner and added: “A study should be carried out in the direction of how many universities are needed in higher education and how much will the infrastructure bear the universities.”
According to the paper, 17 universities will offer education this academic year (2017-18) in the TRNC, two more than in the last academic year. The two new universities are the Bahcesehir Kibris University and the Arkin Creative Arts and Design University.
Meanwhile, independent member of the assembly, Hasan Tacoy, told the paper that he has prepared a draft law providing that that acts to establish new universities in the TRNC should be postponed for a decade. Tacoy said that he submitted the draft-law to the assembly after collecting the signatures of nine deputies. He noted that all parties have been briefed on this draft-law.