Turkey Plans to Boost Vocational Schools
Hürriyet Daily reports that Turkey plans to strengthen vocational schools and decrease the number of students at universities. This move could help supply manpower to small and medium-sized enterprises. Turkish Education Minister, Professor Ziya Selcuk emphasized that education needs to prepare individuals for life, and not just for entrance tests. He also added: “Our main project is to ease the accumulation at the universities by making our vocational schools more attractive. In countries where the number of university students is too excessive, that means there is a problem there. Not everybody has to go to university.”
Three Private Universities Admitted Students Beyond Limit
The Daily Star reports that three private universities from Bangladesh were fined around $11,800 each for admitting students beyond the limit set by the Commission. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh ordered Southeast University, Eastern University and Islamia University to donate the money to liver transplant units at Birdem General Hospital and Kidney Foundation Hospital. According to the law, private universities cannot admit more than fifty students in the law faculties per semester.
University Reform in Morocco
Morocco World News reports that Morocco plans to discuss the university reform. The Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi announced that there should be a switch to the bachelor’s degree system and more openness towards Anglophone educational organization. Currently, there is an old license-master-doctorat (LMD) system, which is based on the French system. However, an evaluation that was carried out by Moroccan universities has shown a number of deficiencies in the system.