Turkey’s•Council of Higher Education (YÖK) is preparing to launch efforts to empower women academics.
The state-run council’s head professor, Yekta Saraç, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they will develop a new ranking system for universities that will include criteria like employing women academics and administrators and campus safety. Saraç spoke yesterday after a meeting with women rectors from universities in the capital Ankara.
Though it lags in women employment, Turkey is ahead of the European Union and the United States in its ratio of women professors but Saraç highlights the need to continue this momentum. “We had a fruitful meeting today. Turkey is proud to have a higher number of women academics than other countries and another report scheduled to be released this month by the European Commission also shows a high number of women with university doctorates, in the research and development workforce.”