The Higher Education Board (YÖK), under the chairmanship of Professor Yusuf Ziya Özcan, convened yesterday morning to discuss the rector appointments for 21 universities in which the current rectors' terms will expire in August.
Each university must select six candidates for rector, with interviews of each occurring before the selection. YÖK then shortlists three of these candidates for each university and forwards the list to President Abdullah Gül for a final decision.
The 21 universities to receive 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.
Rectors appoint hundreds of instructors
A study was conducted by YÖK in order to find out how many permanent staff rectors had appointed to their universities. The study revealed that many appointments were made in 2007, particularly to assistant professor, a position that is able to vote in rector elections.
The universities with the most appointments in the last four years are Gazi (Ankara), Ege (İzmir) and Atatürk (Erzurum). Gazi University had 772 appointments, while Atatürk University saw 615 appointments and Ege University 597.
In the elections held by universities to determine their own rector candidates, the incumbent rectors of nine universities received the most votes, while at Dicle and Uludağ universities, the wives of the incumbent rectors received the most. Uludağ University Rector Mustafa Yurtkuran appointed 261 instructors in his four-year term, while Dicle University Rector Fikri Canoruç appointed 302 instructors. Furthermore, Mustafa Akaydın, rector of Akdeniz University, also appointed 302 instructors to his staff, while 19 Mayıs University Rector Ferit Bernay, who has held office for eight years, selected 309.
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