15 New Universities to Be Established in Turkey

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about Turkish government's plan for establishing 15 new universities, increase in tuition fees for internatonal students in Canada and Pakistani Acting Rector who was accused of plagiarism.

15 new universities to be established in Turkey

On April 20, Turkish Minister for Education İsmet Yılmaz announced that the government has proposed the bill which includes the establishment of 15 new state and foundation universities across the country. The legislation plans on splitting the existing 10 universities. Those are: Gazi University in the capital Ankara, Istanbul University, İnönü University in the eastern province of Malatya, Karadeniz Technical University in the Black Sea province of Trabzon and Selçuk University in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, Dumlupınar University in the Aegean province of Kütahya, Erciyes University in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, Sütçü İmam University in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş and Mersin University in the southern province of Mersin.

Canadian universities increase tuition fees for international students

“The surge in demand has created additional cost pressures for KPU, such as the need to hire additional permanent employees to educate and support our international students,” the spokesperson of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Tatiana Tomljanovic announced. Namely, Kwantelen Polytechic University (KPU), along with several other universities in Canada, is increasing tuition fees up to 15% for international students. Thus, the international student rate for a standard five-course semester will be CA$9,870 (US$7,670) this September, in comparison to CA$8,583 in the current year.

Acting Rector accused of plagiarism

Acting Rector of COMSATS Institute of Technology (CIIT) Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar is accused of plagiarizing the paper of which he was a co-author. The Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) plagiarism detecting software called ”Turnitin” found that 65 per cent of the text is similar with a number of other papers. According to HEC policy, PhD work should not have above 19 per cent of overall similarity, and 4 per cent from a single source. President Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) Islamabad Chapter Dr. Shehzad Ashraf Chaudhry stated that the most of the current higher education leadership is incompetent, while Dr. Qamar dismissed results software showed, stating that ”Turnitin” does not determine plagiarism.

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