With the system developed under the leadership of the Quality Commission of our university, institutional data will be collected in a single center to be more transparent university and to catch up with the developments in our university. The system formed by the Information Technologies Department is going to be put into service soon. Our Vice Rector, Dean of Islamic Sciences and member of Quality Commission Prof. Dr. Halis AYDEMİR said: “Kütahya Dumlupınar University is taking great steps towards becoming the most institutional university in Turkey. We have created a Quality Commission for this. In order to manage the work of the commission effectively, we have established a Quality Commission. In line with the strategic plan and objectives of our university, the Quality Commission for Higher Education aims to determine institutional indicators by establishing internal and external quality assurance system related to evaluation and quality improvement of educational and research activities and administrative services. It also aims to establish a more transparent university atmosphere and continuity of quality standards by collecting institutional data in a single center.” Emphasizing that fast, accurate and complete storage of institutional data is very important for institutionalism, Prof. Dr. Halis AYDEMİR stated that certain staff in all our units will be assigned for this subject; the assigned staff will be trained to use the system actively; academic staff should be kept up to date on the system and institutional measures will be taken for our units and academicians who do not provide the current data flow.
Quality Management System Training Project Carried Out
Quality Management System training project prepared to support the work of the Quality Commission established in our University in accordance with Higher Education Quality Assurance and financed by Zafer Development Agency 2017 technical support activity was completed. Within the scope of the project, the members of the Quality Commission and Quality Commission members of the units at our university were trained about Quality Management System. In the training, Quality Portal developed by Information Technologies Department under the leadership of the Quality Commission was introduced. Detailed information was given about the use of the Quality Portal, which was created to be a more transparent university and to catch up with the developments in our university. Participants were also informed about Quality in Higher Education, Quality Management System and Quality Standards in Higher Education.
Quality Advisory Board Meeting Held
The second meeting of Quality Advisory Board was held under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören. The participants of the meeting were Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Halis Aydemir, Prof. Dr. Şükrü Şentürk, Prof. Dr. Kaan Erarslan, Dean of The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Prof. Dr. Anıl İça, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay Şahbaz, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hakan Çelikkol, Asst. Prof. Dr. R. Serkan Arık, Asst. Prof. Dr. Yakup Şenyüz, Student Affairs Department Head Miktat Bektaş, Strategy Development Department Head Ekrem Yılmaz, Quality Coordinator Lec. Bahar Çelik; outside our university, Head of KÜTSO Nafi Güral, University-Industry Cooperation Advisor Ismail Özotraç, Provincial Mufti of the Presidency of Religious Affairs Hüseyin Hazırlar, Provincial Director of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology Mehmet Albayrak, Director of KOSGEB Kütahya Yaşar Yıldırım, Director of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, Yaşar Yıldırım, Director of Kosgeb Kütahya, Director of the Ministry of Labor Kamil Uçan, TKDK Provincial Coordinator Ahmet Yazar, Provincial National Education Director Sabahattin Dülger, Kütahya Provincial Health Directorate Neslihan Ünal, EMET Etibor Operations Director Metin Arslan. Prof. Dr. Remzi Göran, referring to the development and change of our university, the contribution of our university to the region, the contribution of the region to our university, commented on the position of our University in the ranking of universities in Turkey (student, publication, academic-administrative staff, campus size, physical facilities, social facilities, sports activities). Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören stated Advance Technology Center and Teknokent Center was established and it is planned to establish Technology Transfer Office increasing university-industry cooperation. Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören stated, “Works on boron and qualifications required for the students’ employment should be given more importance. In addition, I see that Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry prioritized the issue of tourism. This priority is among the priorities of Kütahya Dumlupınar University. If we look at the issues discussed at the previous meeting and how many of the requests have been made, we can order the requests as follows: Teknokent (Technocity) was demanded and it is about to be completed now. Occasional meetings were demanded and we meet at certain times. Detailed works on tile were asked and we organized a contest and festival. A conservatory asked to be built but our request was not approved although we wanted to do this. We are shopping from local tradesmen as possible as they asked for support. To make Kütahya and the university closer, we have done a European Union project about individuals over the age of 50 and now these people are studying at our university.” “Of course, we want to do more as a university, but we need support for it, said Rector Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören and he continued: “Students should be given more traineeship opportunities to raise more experienced students. They should be given the opportunity to work part time, but working part time should not be in the form of exploitation. When we get together at the meetings, we have to work more on practice. We, as an educational institution, are willing to work with the region and contribute to the region, but our facilities are limited. I think we can all come together and work more efficiently and extensively.” Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören stated, “We are creating a curriculum that will be applied at work for the students at their 8th semester and we will activate it in 2018. We also need the support of companies for qualified training. We want to know which companies want students and how they want to choose these students.” The meeting ended with the wishes of the participants following mutual consultations on ideas.
Higher Education Quality Assurance
The Higher Education Quality Assurance Regulation was published in the Official Gazette dated July 23, 2015 with the aim of internal and external quality assurance of education, teaching, research activities and administrative services in higher education institutions and determining and the principles regarding the duties, authorities and responsibilities accreditation processes and authorization processes of independent external assessment institutions, defined in this context.
This regulation will make a significant contribution to the transition from horizontal and quantitative growth in quality, focusing on the priority agenda of our country starting from the 2000s, to access to higher education and to the increase schooling in the field of higher education, which has achieved significant success.
Kutahya Dumlupınar University Quality Commission
In line with the strategic plan and objectives of our university, the aim of “Quality Commission” established at our university within the scope of Higher Education Quality Assurance Regulations mentioned above is to assess education, research activities and administrative services, to establish internal and external quality assurance system for the development of our university quality, to identify institutional indicators and to carry out studies in accordance with the rules and procedures determined by Higher Education Quality Commission.
The annual institutional evaluation report prepared by conducting internal evaluation studies, which includes the results of institutional evaluation and quality improvement studies, will be shared with the public on our website.