The preparatory meeting of the “Project for Active Participation of Civil Society in the Higher Education System”, which received grant support within the scope of the third term of the Civil Society Support Program carried out by the European Union Presidency of the TR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held at the Hotel No. 19 hosted by the Association of Academicians.
The meeting was attended by academics from Gazi University, Ondokuz Mayıs University, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Karabuk University, Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa University, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University, Sinop University, Marmara University and Fırat University as well as project partner Young Academics Education Culture and Representatives Research Association.
President of the Association of Academicians Union and Project Coordinator Prof. Dr. İsmail ŞAHİN, in his opening speech of the project, stated that the aim of the project is to “strengthen NGOs in order to ensure the active participation of civil society in the modernization of higher education.” Şahin also underlined that the project has three specific goals:
- Increasing the institutional and organizational capacities of NGOs,
- Developing NGO cooperation models and strategies to be involved in decision-making processes in higher education, and
- Developing NGO capacity for more active participation in higher education and its future
Underlining that the Association of Academicians has been working on the Higher Education system and the problems and future of academic life for nearly 30 years, Şahin stated that they aim to reveal a cooperation model regarding the active participation of NGOs in the Higher Education system by carrying out a comprehensive study with this project.
Stating that it is aimed to increase the institutional and organizational capacities of NGOs with the trainings to be given within the scope of the project, Şahin said, “In this way, NGOs will participate more actively in Higher Education and its future.”